Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fearing God Isn't Scary

FEARING GOD ISN'T SCARY
September 17th, 2013
     
     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7


      A common criticism towards this language and type of relationship with God is that our Creator is some scary, punishing God - one to be 'feared'. I get quite the opposite from this. Sometimes we addicts must step back and suspend all preconceptions... and be sure not to robotically press the 'PLAY' button in our heads. We must stay open and educable.

My translation:

     Be humble, and in a healthy way, fear doing the wrong thing for the effect it will have on self and others. To fear wrongdoing is wisdom, for we have been blessed with the knowledge of the certainty of cause and effect, a knowledge which better allows us to love ourselves, love others, and ultimately love God. To fear God is also to be vigilant not to become narrow and closed to new ideas and information. Remain a sponge, yet firm in our resolve that God Is. The boundaries of our knowledge rest in understanding and respecting where we come from.


God, please give me knowledge and wisdom, and instruct me how to better do Thy will and Thy work...

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