Fear and Joy

But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

(Proverbs 1:33)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the Word and full of wisdom that calls us to listen and to obey. Forgive us, precious LORD Jesus, whenever we seek earthly instead of divine counsel. Help us to love knowledge that comes from You. Enable us, O God we pray, no matter what the situation, to call upon Your holy name for guidance and for help. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

The Fear of the LORD

God’s Word says that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10) and it is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7). You see, choosing the fear of the LORD is good and the right thing to do for the children of God. I challenge you to do a search on this phrase in your Bible (using a software like eSword or a online Bible platform) to find out more about it.

Fear and joy always go together

A while back my husband and I listened to a sermon in which the preacher mentioned how the fear (of the LORD) and joy (in the LORD) connect. He was referring to Leviticus 9:23-24, and I began to understand the connection of fear and joy as he interpreted these verses.

Stumbling across Proverbs 1:29-33 this morning I was reminded of this sermon again. The preacher’s words came back to my mind, and I thought of how fear and joy connect in this world, too.

With Fear and Trembling

Psalm 2:11 says that we ought to “serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”

You see, whenever we begin with the fear of the LORD we will find true Joy; but disconnecting Joy from its true Source, however, will only end in a false sense of joy and eventually in a fear of evil.

Choose the fear of the LORD today.

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