Rapp Report Daily 0381

What Does it Mean to Fear God?

Now, many people know that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. We see that in Proverbs1:7, and there we see “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction”. So we would often say that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. But what does the fear of the Lord actually mean? Does it mean we are to be so afraid of God that we tremble in our boots? Well, actually, no. The idea of fear is to captivate attention. That is really what we are doing when we say the fear of the Lord, that the Lord our God captivates our full and undivided attention. Now, this is a way I like to illustrate this, it is helpful for me, maybe it will be for you. If you were discussing earlier that day with your spouse, what color to paint a room, or maybe discussing even your 401k then all of a sudden you are on the street and someone pulls out a gun and asks for your money or your life. Are you worried about which color you wanted to paint that room anymore? Or even the thoughts of how to invest your 401k? No, because the man with the gun has captivated your full attention. You are thinking of nothing else. Oh, there are other things you think like your family, but the important part of this is that your full and undivided attention is on that person and so it should be with God.

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