Writing to Honor God

"Those who honor me I will honor" 2 Samuel 2:30

I.D. of the Heart

Jamie Tisler

By Jamie Tisler

Fear has many faces and most bring unhealthy emotional turmoil. There is a fear however that is beneficial to man and comes to him when he hears the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), acknowledges his state of sin (Romans 3:23), and calls out for salvation with confession and belief (Romans 10:9-10). King Solomon speaks of such fear in Proverbs.

“The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).

Why is Solomon stating that this fear is “the beginning of knowledge?” He wants to emphasize that there should be an ongoing pursuit to know even more about the Lord God. A believer must focus effort to learn all he can about the Lord by spending time in prayer and reading Scripture. This fear equates to a loyal heart filled with admiration and respect for the Lord, as well as an intentional commitment of obedience to Him.

Solomon concludes this verse by stating that those who spurn wisdom and instruction, not of an intellectual nature but of everything pertaining to God, are fools. Evidently he had observed the words and deeds of some of the people of his day and identified them as fools. God clearly sees and discerns all people’s hearts, identifying each individual as a “Fearer of the Lord” or a “Fool Despising Wisdom and Instruction.” This truth should cause the believer’s fear of the Lord to swell within his heart even more. The fool on the other hand probably would not even give this truth a second thought and if he did, contempt would fill his heart.

Advertisements

About Jamie Trisler

What an honor it is to write for the Lord. My purpose is to share God's Word through the everyday circumstances of my life and to propel others to see their lives through the lens of His Word. Hopefully through my writing they will be encouraged to that very thing!

Information

This entry was posted on October 12, 2014 by in Skill for Everyday Living i.e. Wisdom and tagged .
%d bloggers like this: