“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”Psalm 111:10 ESV
There was once a young boy who loved to watch his dad cook. He was amazed at what would happen when you put ingredients together and placed them on the stove. His father told him again and again not to get too close to the stove but he couldn’t resist. He had no reason to fear other than the verbal warnings of his father. One day, when his curiosity had got the best of him, he reached out to feel the stove while it was on…. lesson learned. The pain lasted for days and the burn on his hand lasted longer. However, that was just what he needed to understand what the stove was for and the proper respect for the heat it gave. That was the day that the world renown chef later said that he became a household name because that was the day he started to respect the tools of his trade. He said it wasn’t until he learned that cooking was a serious business that he began to hunger to learn more about it. That hunger drove him to open 20 restaurants, star in 3 award winning cooking shows, sale his own cookware line, and so much more. It was learning respect that helped him move forward.
That’s how I see the verse above. God is not wanting us to cower before Him. Think about it. He’s the King of the Universe. It doesn’t help Him to create us only to have us be afraid. A better translation of th word fear would be a “respectful awe.” God wants us to respect Him so that we can have a proper relationship with Him. It’s having that respectful relationship that gives us the ability to have our eyes opened to the world that truly exists beyond what we can see with our eyes.
- I will trust God above my own desires.
- I will respect that He is bigger than me.
- I will not questions His goodness.
”Today, I trust you more than my own opinions and ideas.”