The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
This scripture seems so simple and straight forward however it causes so many questions and concerns for many. So lets break it down to get a good understanding about what the Holy Spirit is saying here
First when we see the word “Fear” in the Bible , it’s a different Fear than we are used to. The original Hebrew word is “Yirah” this word means reverence or awe. So to “Fear God” is to not just obey because we tremble at our inadequacies , we admire Him, we Love Him, we strive to be like Him because his works and ways are incredible
Think about the first time you stood in front of the ocean, that is a humbling experience. The vastness and unknown of the body of water, that seems to have no end. The power that it displays , its lowers us from our pedestals and we realize how very small we truly are. As the Bible says “Perfect Love Casts out All Fear” (1 John 4:18) We love God not because we are afraid of him but because of his awesomeness!
Now secondly is there anything wrong with some Fear? The emotion of Fear sometimes can save your life. When you get to a place of danger, maybe your up to high or going to fast, your mind tells you stop! Fear can be a safety mechanism and when we ignore the warnings sometimes it can be catastrophic
So when we accept this awe or reverence for our Creator when then begin to realize true knowledge. The universe wasn’t a random accident of exploding matter, however it is a very complex design from the highest intelligence possible. Even after thousands of years we find it difficult to explain or comprehend its existence
But the rejection of God leaves us in the dark. Without the Creator there is no design or purpose. Without the Savior , there is no hope or meaning. Without the Law giver there is no Good or Evil. Many things fall apart without God center in your life. To Fear God is to Love and respect Him as a child would their Father, Amen!