“The Fear of the Lord is the beginning…” (part 2 in a series)

The Fear of the Lord is the beginning…

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Psalms 111:10

The fear of the Lord is the “.

 

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

 

Proverbs 2:1-5

“My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”

 

Building on the previous devotional, let us consider some scripture verses that were referenced. In Romans 1:20 to 2:11 the Bible is very clear.  Creation demands a Creator, and a design demands a Designer. By looking up in the sky and by observing the natural world around, anyone can know there is a God.  Man is instinctively religious (we are created in the image of God) and has created his own god’s to worship, and in some cases choses to worship himself.

Even atheist who claim there is no God, or agnostics who claim you cannot know there is a God, give the glory of His works to “Mother Nature” or “Nature” or a “natural process” in the quest of self-styled knowledge.  They devote themselves to futile philosophies and speculations about other gods losing the capacity to see and think clearly.

 

What then is God’s answer to some who has never heard the gospel, but lives up to the light that God has revealed?  Observing creation and knowing there has to be something bigger than himself, and understanding that graven images cannot hold the power granted them my men. As we read in Psalms 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”

and acting upon what God has revealed gives us more understanding.  We can find an example of this is Acts 10.

 

Act 10:1-2

“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.

 

We do not know the content of his prayers, but the passage tells us that he was earnest and sincere, praying always to God, and acting on that knowledge, he was giving generously to the poor and needy.  He did not pray to other gods or idols or other things in creation, but was praying to the Creator always. 

 

 

 

Referencing the passage in Proverbs 2:1-5 (see above) we see conditions of a heart that begins to understands the fear of the LORD. 

  • Must be sincere and whole hearted
  • Have an open ear and apply the heart
  • If you mean business, call out for discernment
  • Seeking God as a valuable treasure (hunting, searching, knowledge)

 

Cornelius did not know about God’s plan of salvation and the gospel message, but was seeking after God as a valuable treasure, and took it so seriously that he included his entire family and those who worked for him. Cornelius prayer was heard, and God sent a messenger to him. 

 

Acts 10:3-8 “

About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.  5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.  6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”  7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually.  8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.”

 

You will have to read the rest of the account in Acts 10 to find out what happens to Cornelius and his household in Acts chapter 10. 

 

Does Cornelius finally meet Peter?  How do those close to him react? How does Peter know who Cornelius is?  Since Peter is a Jew, does he have time for a gentile?  You have to read to know the conclusion.

 

God does not leave the world without a witness of who He is, nor does he just let us try to figure things out for ourselves, but will send messengers to those who fear God.  The Bible is very clear about God’s requirements for salvation and who that salvation is through.  God loved us so much that he sent his Son to pay that penalty of sin, and is not slack concerning His promise, but is patient toward us, not willing that any should perish, and that all should come to repentance. (John 3:16-18 & 2 Peter 3:9).

 

Have you accepted Christ?  Do you fear God?

 

If you have accepted Christ, and fear God, are you doing your part to spread the good news?