(Proverbs 1:7 KJV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Think of fear (3374) as it applies to many important influences on our lives. We have a healthy fear, or respect, for them without being crippled. Our fear effects the way we act constantly. I have in mind the fear of gravity. You might claim you are not afraid of gravity. Then why don’t you take a walk without a parachute out the door of an airplane in flight? Because you know about gravity, admit it exists and have some smarts. We don’t think of it as fear yet if you ignore the laws of gravity you will have some serious consequences.
You won’t get far into understanding your world unless you have a fear of the Lord. Although science has become an arrogant step-child, the basic trust in the universe was founded in the Judeo-Christian view of an immutable God. If you don’t believe in God and His hand holding the universe together then how do you know that the law of gravity will still work tomorrow, just chance?
Now that is a different kind of fear, living in a world dependent on chance.
So? Lay your foundations. Fear God. And of course don’t jump out of airplanes.