To man he said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.’
The word “fear” in today’s verse can also mean deep respect and acknowledgement of authority. God is the Creator and Giver of all life. He knows what is best for our bodies and lives.
Society runs on respect and authority. The laws, for the most part, are there to protect everyone. Stop signs and traffic signals help prevent many accidents, health inspections help prevent sickness, and labor laws help workers get fair pay and hours.
Similarly, God’s laws and directions protect us. Putting God first in our lives helps us see things in perspective. Honoring our parents and being respectful of others leads to longer life and less stress. Believing God loves us helps us see our own value in God’s eyes.
All of this begins with the fear of God. Acknowledge His power and love and let God into your life. He wants to bless you with joy, peace, and happiness. All He needs is your permission. Let Him in today.
Father, come into my life. Help me to respect and follow Your laws and teachings. Fill me with Your joy and love. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.