Wise Words From The Proverbs – part 1
The main theme of the whole book of Proverbs is: “The Fear of the Lord.”
Proverbs is also known as the “Book of Wisdom.”
Fear can be a little confusing. French mathematician and inventor, Blaise Pascal, once wrote: “Fear not, provided you fear; but if you fear not, then fear.”
God wants us to have a fear of Him that brings awe and reverence to our spirit.
Never will you read in scripture that fearing God is associated with terror, evil, dread, or danger. It’s not the kind of thing that makes a person run and hide from God. What it is it, then? It’s the kind of thing that grips your heart, and makes you want to please God.
That’s the “fear” of God that is mentioned in the Bible. A fear that says, “You should live to please Him. You should live to honor Him.”
In the fear of the Lord, your life will glorify God. It makes you want to do His will above all other things.
When the Standard Oil Company was looking for a representative some years ago to go to the far east, they choose a Missionary who knew that part of the world. They offered him $10,000, but he turned it down. So they raised it to $25,000, and he turned it down. The third time they offered him $50,000, and he turned it down. They asked, “What’s wrong?” And he replied, “Your price is all right, but your job is too small. God has called me to be a missionary.”
Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
“Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”