God is so much bigger than we can fathom.
Isaiah (40:12) tells us that He palms the entire universe.
David in Psalm 147 explains that God counts the stars and calls them by name …He is all-powerful and His understanding is infinite.
Grasping this naturally leads to an important question… what does this great God require of us? Moses (Deuteronomy 10:12) explains that He requires two foundational things:
- That we fear God so we can walk in His ways and
- That we love God so we can serve Him with all of our heart and soul.
Fearing and loving God are essentials for a close walk with Him.
OK… why fear?
Isaiah (33:5) also reveals that God has a store and in this store is salvation, wisdom and knowledge …and our key to these treasures is fearing God.
Psalms and Proverbs both state that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.
What does it mean to fear God today?
Fearing God certainly involves awe and reverence… and taking God seriously. Once we catch a glimpse of who God is, it produces alarm, gripping fear and trembling at the thought of ever being separated from this sovereign, infinite, all powerful, all knowing, immutable, holy, merciful, loving and wise God.
This fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. So how does that translate to our daily life and our current challenges?
The events involving Peter and praying believers in Acts 12 provide an intriguing picture of the wisdom and freedom from bondage that are ours through fearing God.
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This Week’s Key Verses
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalm 111:10
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. …Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. Acts 12:7&9
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Teach me Your way LORD that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart that I may fear Your Name. Psalm 86:11