Solomon refuses to let us forget the theme of Proverbs: wisdom. He frequently reminds us of its significance, then demonstrates how we are to apply it to our daily activities, its effect on our present life, and ultimately our life with God in eternity. “The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” Perhaps a more accurate and easily understood way to translate this verse is “The fear of the Lord is life indeed!” Life, when lived in this manner means that those who accept and live life the way God designed it to be, “need never fear the Lord.”
It is easy to lose sight of what God intended life to be. If we look at life the way God created us to be, a reflection of His image, we will more likely than not discover that it is quite different from how we plan to live. It is not “adding” the fear of God to our lives, but living life as God specifically designed it to be and being afraid of not meeting His expectations. God created man to have a “divine dimension” above and beyond our “humanity.” God intended our manner of living to be evident and obvious to others.
First, God “designed” us to be devoted to Him alone. He is at the center of our “soul” - the sum total of our life - including our feelings, thoughts, and actions. Everything we think and feel and do are all focused on pleasing Him. We are dedicated to building His Kingdom on earth by using the gifts and talents He has given us to honor Him. It is living life in, through, and for Him.
Secondly, whatever we do proceeds or had its origins in Him. Others see His character in us: His love and grace, mercy and forgiveness; His compassion and comfort, and care of and for others. We will do His work in His world by doing His will.
Finally, we do these “things” by applying His wisdom to our lives and following His guidance every moment of every day.
Prayer: Lord, all this seems impossible and unattainable. But, it’s not about attaining. It’s about maintaining an attitude of wanting to be who You created us to be! Help us, Jesus! Amen!
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.