‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ is a well known proverb that can be difficult to understand.
It goes against the grain of believing in a God that’s a loving father to then be told that we should fear him.
What can help us to understand this is to put it alongside another well known verse in Matthew 6:24:
‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.’
In the same way ‘you can’t serve two masters’, you can’t also ‘fear two masters!’ We can’t fear paying the bills as well as fear the all-sufficient and powerful God who is more than able to pay those bills. It doesn’t make sense – which one is right?
When we’re anxious about anything, it’s a declaration we fear man (or the consequence of needs not being met) more than God’s ability to meet those needs. We can’t fear both lack of provision and the God who is our provision.
Fear and anxiety though are a normal part of life – don’t ever feel guilty, it’s what we do with them that counts.
Philippians 4:6&7 helps us…
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’
I encourage you at the beginning of every day, deal with your anxieties; don’t let them rob you of enjoying your days, but learn to hand them all over to God, then He will give you peace that is, contrary to your circumstances. This is called living by faith. This then allows God to ‘show off’ in our lives as He reveals His love for us in meeting every one of our needs and then some.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.