My child, if you accept my words
and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
if you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
and search for it as for hidden treasures—
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
guarding the paths of justice
and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
prudence will watch over you;
and understanding will guard you.
(Proverbs 2:1-11, NRSV)
There was a huge campaign from about 10 – 20 years ago it seems called No Fear. It was about over coming our fears to the point we do things we wouldn’t normally do.
But there is something to understanding fear and how in knowing our fear, we can embrace change and move forward in God. And there is something to the fear of the Lord.
You see God doesn’t want us to fear Him, like our parents don’t want us to fear them. He wants us to come to Him and embrace Him and live in and through Him. But to be honest, I had a fear of my parents. Of what they would do if they caught me doing something wrong. Of what would happen if I let them down. And this fear led me to know what was good and what was bad. What would let them down and what would make them proud.
And if constantly seek after God, then we will learn the knowledge of what we need to do to make Him known in the world.
So Know Fear! And follow Him where He leads you!