THE FEAR OF GOD AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD STAND TOGETHER!
THE FEAR OF GOD AND THE WISDOM OF GOD STAND TOGETHER!
The Hebrew word "yare" means reverence and awe but is not limited to that. It also means fear, fearful and afraid. If we fear anything other than God, we are being deceived from the truth of God's Word. God is the only Person, Deity, or object in the universe worthy of our fear.
The fear of God is closely linked to the illumination of His sovereignty. The sovereignty of God is the absolute authority, rule, and government of God in the whole of all that exists. But the proper fear of God is also linked to the wisdom of God. If we desire the wisdom of God we must first fear God.
Jeremiah 5:21-23 ESV “Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not. (22) Do you not fear me? declares the LORD. Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it. (23) But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away.
FEAR AND WISDOM:
Psalms 111:10 ESV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Proverbs 9:10 ESV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.