Proverbs Ch 14
Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence:
and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Oswald Chambers in The Highest Good wrote; The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else, He also wrote that we should never try to explain God until we have obeyed Him. The only bit of God we understand is the bit we have obeyed
There is a military strategy called "Shock and Awe". Created to cause such fear through conflict that whosoever it is directed against loses all hope, become overwhelmed by the magnitude of what they are facing, and surrender.
Here in this verse we have the other side of that concept. Love and Awe.
The Fear-of-GOD for us the children of God is to reverently love and honour Him in the same way our Lord Jesus does. It is to embrace the Christian life whole heartedly.
Even in times of tough decisions. In having to choose a course of action you would not necessarily want to pursue for many different reasons, (too busy, too scary too inconvenient) you choose to do what you understand to be the will of God We are His sheep and we know the voice of our Good Shepherd Today, the Word of God and the inner witness of the Holy Spirit is that voice.
The fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of wisdom. It is the beginning of a journey into the realms of real life.
The love and awe of God gives us strong confidence, a confidence we are encouraged in Hebrews to not cast away. As part of our genuine Christian experience, we find that the fear (Love and Awe) of God is highly consistent with the strongest confidence in his mercy and goodness.
The result of such reverential love and awe builds up confidence, in the covenant we have through Christ concerning our children and our grandchildren. Keeping our covenant and doing as He instructed in Deuteronomy 6 makes a world safe for your children.
We have been blessed to bless them.
As the children of God, as those that fear, hear and obey Him are; the Lord is a place of refuge to them. Psalm 91 is our experience. Kept safe through the blood of Jesus. Romans 8:1&2 is our testimony. Delivered safe from the law of sin and death, we are free from the curse of a righteous law. We have entered into life in Jesus' Name.
Psalmist's View of Selected Proverbs © 2009