“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
This has been said many times over and over on Proverbial Thought, but if we don’t fear the Lord we will never truly understand or gain true wisdom…Period – end of story!
We can search and study all we want but Proverbs 1:7 & 9:10 simply say that the “FEAR OF THE LORD is the beginning of wisdom”. Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 9:10 are the bookends for Proverbs 1-9. They proclaim the theme that Solomon is working so desperately to get across to everyone – obtain wisdom and understanding.
Simply put – to fear the Lord means to respect Him (God) so much that we obey His will and seek to honor His name. The word “fear” in the phrase “fear of the Lord” comes from the Hebrew word YIRAH, and it means “to be in awe of” (1 Kings 3:28), and “to have respect for” (Lev. 19:3).
The Benefits of Fearing the Lord
Not only should we fear the Lord in order to obey Him and honor His name, but when we do fear the Lord, the Bible tells us that there are extra benefits when we do:
- Deuteronomy 6:2 – enjoy long life
- Psalm 25:14 – The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
- Psalm 34:7 – the angel of the LORD encamps around them & delivers them.
- Psalm 103:13 – the LORD has compassion on those who fear him
- Psalm 115:11 – the LORD he is their help and shield
- Psalm 128:1 – Blessed are all who fear the LORD
- Psalm 147:11 – the LORD delights in those who fear him
- Proverbs 10:27 – adds length to life
- Proverbs 14:26 – He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
- Proverbs 16:6 – through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil
- Proverbs 28:14 – Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD
Oswald Chambers once said,
“The remarkable thing about fearing God is that, when you fear God, you fear nothing else; whereas, if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”
Solomon is again reiterating to us that we must obtain wisdom and knowledge in our lives and the first thing we must do it fear the Lord.
God dwells in light and holiness,
In splendor and in might;
And godly fear of His great power
Can help us do what’s right. —D. De Haan
Fear God, and you’ll have nothing else to fear.
Lord, help us to fear you enough in our lives that we do not want to do anything that displeases you. Help us to live our lives in such a way that we will stand in awe and honor your name each and every day. Lord, may our fear for you drive us to love you more and devote our whole heart and lives to You!