An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fear, the Elixir

(Proverbs 1:7 KJV)  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Beginnings are important.  We always hear about how a good breakfast is key to a good day.  Think of the parable of the two men, one building on sand, the other on the rock.  Always be aware of the direction your muzzle is pointed when shooting a gun.  Healthy “fear” (3374) is a good place to start.  I fell off a church steeple once.  It was a glorious experience, until I hit the bottom.  When I am on bridges or gazing from a cliff at a panorama I sometimes have this urge to jump.  It was fun.  Only a healthy fear of the landing keeps me anchored.

I am at a time in life where I am concerned about how I finish.  I want to go out still headed for the victory lap, not in the stands watching others experience spiritual sweat.  I often say “good morning” by mistake in the afternoon.  When called on it I will sometimes pull out an observation from my reading that for the believer it is always morning because life is always new.  Although that is just a cover up, the concept is true.

So?  Begin each day well and you will finish life well.  A good place to begin is Proverbs.  A good place to begin is being reminded about the foundation of the fear of the Lord.  A proper fear can bring an eternal peace.

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