Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
They say that the best players are the onse who can be coached. They are able to listen and respect the leadership of their superiors. The same is true of us, because we all play a part on a team, and God is the coach. We need to fear and respect Him, recognizing His superior experience and perspective.
Fear is a tricky thing. If you have just enough fear, your performance is improved. In fact psychologists have found that people with a modicum of skill perform better before an audience. However, people who have poor skills are overwhelmed when they are observed to the point that they fail more often than they would if left alone. Fear can enable or paralyze.
The LORD, the Creator and Sustainer, the Almighty God, who is Holy and Righteous, is worthy of fear in every sense of the word. Whether we fear judgment for sin or revere His merciful care for us, we are humbled by God’s greatness.
The prophet Isaiah put it this way, “The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.” (Isaiah 33:5-6)
God’s wisdom is accessible to us through the Word as we lean upon the Holy Spirit to open its pages to us showing us the beauty and majesty of the mind of God. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). This is the first step to redeeming the time.