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Proverbs 1:7 reads, Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
This verse, among others, is often misunderstood in our day and age. When we see the word fear we’re more likely to think of being afraid. We think we need to be afraid of God in order to gain knowledge and wisdom.
But the word used here isn’t about being afraid. Yes, we need to have immense awe and reverence for God. We must also recognize that everything comes from Him and therefore, we are to be fully dependent upon Him and not ourselves. But to fear Him is to recognize that He is the most important aspect of our lives. It is to know, deep within, that He is the foundation of all wisdom and knowledge and that nothing in this life will make sense without Him.
So how should we approach God? Not in fear and trembling, but with absolute confidence. Ephesians 3:12 reads, Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
READING & PRAYERS:
What does it look like for you to enter into God’s presence with boldness and confidence?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I am grateful for the reminder that I am able to approach You with boldness and confidence. Help me continue to grow in understanding the meaning of this. And help me to know that even though I ought to have awe and reverence toward You, I ought not be afraid to be near You. Surround me with Your presence today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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