Pastor Tim Romero
Proverbs 1:7 (ESV): "7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Fearing God doesn't mean being afraid of Him, it means being reverent towards Him. It literally describes someone who is devoted to God and who dreads sin. No wonder the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Solomon was the wisest man to ever live and he came to one conclusion in life, fear God and keep His commandments, this is the whole duty of man (Ecc 12:13). He arrived here after searching the world for satisfaction only to find emptiness. Interestingly enough, Proverbs was written before he embarked on his journey of vanity so he already knew this but failed to live by it for a number of years.
It's sad that we won't trust God's Word over our own feelings. That is because we don't properly fear Him. If we did we would tell our feelings to take a hike. I'm sure Noah didn't feel like making a boat considering he lived in a desert area and it had never rained before. However, Hebrews 11:7 says "By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed the ark for the saving of his household." Noah moved in godly fear trusting what God said.
Perhaps we should take note and fear God, it will never lead you to the wrong place! Don't walk in fear of your feelings or the fear of man but only fear God and you will be knowledgeable about godliness and walk in holiness. This is the only way to have true contentment and satisfaction. Take it from Solomon who has tried everything else. Fear the Lord! Amen?
Father, how beautiful and loving You are towards us. We stand in awe at the wonder and majesty of Your ways. May we trust in Your Word alone and never in our feelings. Let us fear You properly that we might obtain the knowledge we need to live the life we are called to live. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit we pray in Jesus name, amen.