There it is again: “The fear of the Lord!”
How many times do we need to be reminded?
Certainly, one more time. And then again, one more time. And after that, one more time - again and again.
Most of us are not only forgetful, but quite often convince ourselves that we can do it on our own when life seems to be “trouble free” and “good again.” Perhaps that’s why those “eight words” appear together so often in Scripture. In a preceding verse Solomon said that “the fear of the Lord will be a secure fortress” - a place where we will find a powerful refuge and our safety will be as certain as God Himself.
But, again, one more time, there is more. “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death,” wrote Solomon on behalf of God. What a wonderful promise to those who had gone without water and experienced drought and lost cattle and crops. We may fear many things but God is the fountain of life that never runs dry. Not only is He the fountain of life, but a source that provides refreshing, clear, clean water to quench our thirst and restore our souls daily.
How very sad for those who refuse to drink from “the fountain of life” and choose to turn to the “snares of life.” What may appear life-giving and gratifying is often a trap and cannot satisfy one’s thirst. Only “He can lead us to those still waters,” restore our souls and give us eternal life. The invitation is available to all.
But, it all begins with “The fear of the Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, we bow before You with grateful hearts and ask that we will always approach You in fear and love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.