Read: Proverbs 1 “My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!” (Proverbs 1:10, NLT) It was Oscar Wilde who said, “I can resist just about anything—except temptation,” Oh yeah, me too! God’s Word says that you and I are on a glorious journey, but the truth is, [...]
There are several kinds of fear, and they can either be good or bad, depending on their source. The first kind of fear is based in an irrational worry of “what if”, and it debilitates a lot of people. Someone has described this fear with a clever acronym as “False Enemies Appearing Real”. A second kind of debilitating fear—and it’s definitely a real one—is the fear that comes from foolish living. Foolish living (see Psalm 14:1, 53:1) by its Biblical definition is to live as if God and his laws do not exist—to live as a practical atheist. Those who live in disregard to the Almighty and his ways cannot help but have an underlying and chronic dread of looming trouble. But Proverbs speaks of third kind of fear—one that is healthy to body and good for the soul: The fear of the Lord.
Proverbs, Chapter 1: “You ignorant outfit!” If I heard that scathing remark from my red-faced-vein-in-the-forehead-about-to-explode father once when I was growing up, I heard it a couple dozen times. Obviously my childhood home wasn’t one of those touchy-feely places where mom and dad gave a whole lot of thought to [...]
Read Proverbs 1 The Attainment Of Wisdom “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7 Nobody sets out in life to be a fool. No kid ever says, “You know, when I grow up, I want to be an idiot!” [...]