Fearing Him Equals Life
July 23, 2014
Pr. 14:27 says, “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”
There are many snares of death in the world –snares of deception, pride, greed, pleasure, etc. that can entrap a person so that he falls into spiritual death. Snares of physical death –sickness, fatigue, depression, consuming unhealthy food and drink, etc. also abound throughout our world.
But what gives life to both body and spirit? God’s Word tells us that it is by fearing the Lord that a fountain of life (Life) bubbles up within us. This Fountain gives health to our soul –which spills into our physical body as well.
When we fear the Lord we will be seeking out what He wants from us. This means we will be reading His Word. When we read God’s Word, we will see that we are to put His commands, instructions, and teachings into practice. We will see that we must put Christ on daily so that we can function in the power of the Holy Spirit. We will see that in order to do this, we must have faith, and that faith is sparked and strengthened through the thanksgiving and praise we offer up to God –the God whom we reverence with great awe and fear.
Pr. 9:10 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. So together with Pr. 14:27 we can understand that by growing in wisdom, we grow in Life, and that thereby, we walk further and further away from deadly snares.
They all relate to one another –fearing God, reading and obeying His Word, gaining wisdom, abiding in Life and having its fountain stream out of us, staying clear of deadly traps… But from which one of these do the others originate? The answer is: The fear of the Lord. It is our fear of the Lord that causes the others to manifest in our lives.
It is a good thing to fear the Lord. In fact, good to the utmost.