Return to What You Know
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
One morning, my son and I watched our dog, Westcott, from the breakfast
room window. We had let him outside to complete his morning routine. He had
been outside for quite some time, so we peeked out to see what he had been
doing. Several years ago, we noticed the poisonous mushrooms that would grow
from the soil after the spores had spread to our yard from the previous yard(s)
that the landscapers had mowed. Westcott had learned from our instruction and
his own experience that these cute little white objects of attention would do
While watching him from the window this day, we noticed his temptation to at
least smell the mushrooms. My son and I laughed at his disposition because it
seemed that he was engulfed by the beauty of these God created organisms. So, I
tapped the window sternly and he automatically returned to what he had been
taught. My son and I laughed, but while laughing, I quoted Proverbs 15:33. “The
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. God’s wisdom begins with the fear
of the Lord.
To fear God is to acknowledge His control and amazing power over
the universe. He is the omniscient One; the One who knows everything about everything and everyone.
We are to reverence His mastery over creation. MacArthur
writes, the fear of the Lord means to “reverence and honor” who God is. We
reverence His majesty and overwhelming power of love, His unchanging or
unwavering attributes, His gracious, but not passive character. I shared with my son that we are accountable to God and we must not
forget His teachings or His standards. When we are tested, we must remember
what we have been taught. We must always return to what we know.
Keep in mind:
1. God created
humanity in His image. Gen. 2:27.
2. God is all
powerful, all knowing, and He forever lives to protect His people.
3. “We are His
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before
ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Encourage and Be Encouraged!