“‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.“ (Leviticus 19:14, NIV)
We read this and think who would do such a thing, anyway? But you and I both know there are rotten apples out there who would and do take advantage of people if they think they can get away with it. After all, no one saw me or heard me do it, right?
It would be great if we lived in a world where people didn’t do rotten things, simply because they’re rotten. But we don’t. We need to be told not to do rotten things…and we need some motivation. God tells us and also gives us our motivation: the fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord might just be the most important biblical topic never discussed in the church! And when it is discussed, it is often misunderstood. This is a shame because of its significance – especially related to wisdom. The Proverb says: ““The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10, NIV)
If wisdom is the skill we need to navigate life successfully…the fear of the Lord is where we start.
Join us Sunday at New Life Church as we continue our series “The Tree of Life” and I’ll be talking about the Fear of the Lord…what it is, how you get it, and why you should want it in your life!