DAY 2: The Fear of the Lord Brings Wisdom
Think for a moment about your greatest fear. What exactly is your greatest fear?
Generally speaking, if you think about what you most desire in life, you can then discover your greatest fear. For example, if your greatest desire is to be liked and appreciated by others, then your greatest fear is rejection. If your greatest desire is success or power, then your greatest fear is likely humiliation. If the thing you most love is money, your career, your children, there’s almost certainly a fear that is driving that desire forward. Your greatest fear, therefore, is about losing that which you most hold dear.
The Scriptures teach that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). This may be best understood as, “When God is what you most hold dear; when God is what you are most living for, it is then that you’re on the path towards wisdom. But you cannot have wisdom without God being the absolute central part of your life.”
As you read today, consider this: What would you say you most hold dear? What are you most living for?
READING & JOURNALING:
What would you say you most hold dear? What are you most living for?
What would you say you’re most afraid of?
What two or three verses stick out to you most from Psalm 25? Take the opportunity to write them down, and commit to sharing one or more of them with somebody else this week.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 24 & 25
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t regularly think about what I fear. I also confess that I do want to be liked and appreciated by others, and I do want to experience success in life, but I haven’t really taken the time to evaluate if I want those things more than I want to know You. Today, help me to see anything I may desire more than You. And help me to see that losing that which I desire is really no big deal as long as You are with me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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