(Proverbs 9:10 KJV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Notice that fear of the Lord is just the “beginning” (8462) of “wisdom” (2451). Fear is a tool of manipulation if used exclusively or in excess. It is not enough to “fear” (3374). We are told to go the next step. If we do not keep going then the fear turns into a handicap instead of a boost.
Think of fear being like a car. It isn’t enough to have a car. You need to know how to drive. You need to know how to check the oil and put in the gas. You need to know where you want to go. Living on fear is like having a car in the driveway with an empty tank, flat tires and a dead battery.
So? Understand the difference between in and on. Let our attitude toward God guide us through the day and determine our attitudes for life. Wisdom waits.