Here it comes again: “The fear of the Lord!”
How many times do we need to be reminded?
Certainly, one more time. And then, one more time. And after that, one more time - again and again. We quickly forget this truth whenever we believe we have any strength.
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 the only 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 “fun things of life.” What may appear satisfying and gratifying is often a trap and cannot quench one’s thirst. Only “He can lead us to those still waters,” restore our souls and give us eternal life. This invitation is available to all.
But life begins and ends with “The fear of the Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, we bow before You with grateful hearts and ask for Your mercy, grace, and forgiveness. May we will always approach You with grateful hearts. 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.