Winter 2022

Daily Devotional: Wednesday, December 21 - Fear Of The Lord

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” — Proverbs 1:7

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Think of someone you admire more than anyone else. Now, imagine this person coming to speak with you. How would you feel? Excited, nervous, a bit afraid, maybe in a state of wonder? Of the numerous responses you could have, the best would be humility — submitting yourself to whatever wisdom might be given to help you.

This scenario is just a mere fraction of what King Solomon teaches in the Book of Proverbs. If trust is the beginning of wisdom, then Solomon offers the foundation for wisdom in the opening prologue — the fear of the Lord. Wisdom is recognizing my capacities and limits as a human, and living under the guidance and authority of One wiser and greater than myself.

Trust is having confidence in and reliance on another, and the fear of the Lord is learning to live within that reliance. It is what maintains trust and invites you deeper into a relationship with God. It is a deep respect for who God is and His way to live in this life. It is a wonder to behold and a love to surrender under. It is woven into the fabric of creation and is calling upon all those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.

Once we begin to trust God and His definition of good and evil, inhabiting His vision for life with wonder and surrender, we start to embody wisdom.

— Tyler Keele, Tennessee Smokies chaplain

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