1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1: 1-7 ESV
So I’m starting my journey through the book of Proverbs. And what I find interesting is even most secular people would not argue with any of this right up until verse 7. After all, as someone who has worked ni industry for so long I cannot tell you the number of times I have received , or given, the advice that you always need to continue learning.
But the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. We so often forget that. Yes we must love our Lord and God but in order to gain wisdom and knowledge we must Fear the Lord. Hoenstly I think that is something lost on my generation (Gen X) and later. All of the parenting magazines and what not keep telling us that we need to raise our children where they aren’t afraid of us parents. And yet God, though the Holy Spirit using King Salomon, says is the the beginning of knowledge, “Fear”. If you think about it fear is at the heart of Learning anything in Nature. Oh in today’s society we tend to try and make it sound better than fear, we say we “have a healthy respect,” for whatever it is we have a fear for, but it is really fear. I mean take a herpatologist for example, if they didn’t have a healthy fear of poisonous snakes, they wouldn’t live long. Sadly I think our culture has co-opted the term fear to redefine it as abject terror. This re-defintion is imply because of a side effect of Psalm 2:1-3
Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
You see the culture wishes to throw off God. And if you redefine fear so that it means abject terror, then you slowly switch “fear” to “respect” , which slowly changes meaning to where you can shrug God off as a non-entity. Of course God is not dependent on how we definie things, and it doesn’t solve anything, but I’ve rambled off topic for long enough.
We as Christians need to remember that you you can love someone and still have a healthy fear as well.