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Bible Reading: Proverbs 31.28-31

Proverbs 31.28-31
Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 29 “Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. 31 Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.

There are many things praised in our world today, but fearing the Lord is usually not on that list.  Fearing the Lord should be on the top and should be what we all pursue.

Fearing God is not a natural thing that comes easy to us.  We are not born with this.  David in Psalm 36.1-2 says, “Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his (my) heart; there is no fear of God before their eyes.  For he flatters himself in his own eyes concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it.” 

The word fear is translated here as terror.  It is the same word that is used when speaking of the final judgment.  Man is depraved and flatters himself, meaning he has no sense of God, eternity, the wrath of God or of the final judgment and he becomes ego driven, full of pride.

Moses says to the Israelites, “Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children” (Deuteronomy 4.10).  That the men and the women would fear the LORD and pass it on.  This is something that is learned.  We need to be taught about the fear of God.  The woman in Proverbs 31 is evidently taught such a thing.  So how do you define the fear of God?

The word fear means to be afraid, to stand in awe, reverence or to honor.  Wilhelmus A'Brakel says, Such fear is a holy inclination of the heart, generated by God in the hearts of His children, whereby they, out of reverence for God, take careful pains not to displease God, and earnestly endeavor to please Him in all things.”  John Calvin says, “All wickedness flows from a disregard of God…Since the fear of God is the bridle by which our wickedness is held in check, its removal frees us to indulge in every kind of licentious (without moral restraint) conduct.”

You might feel far removed today from this godly example in Proverbs 31 of one who feared God.  I wanted to encourage you to begin with fearing God.  See Him for who He really is, bend to His Sovereignty, recognize His authority over all things, stand in awe of His power, be blown away by His infinite knowledge, know that He is eternal, and trust in His faithfulness, hoping in Him for eternal life.  He has given us such hope in His Son Jesus Christ, who was given to you and I as a gift of love and grace from the Father.  Jesus gave His life on a sinner’s cross taking our place so that we could be set free from the penalty of our sin which his death.  He has conquered sin through the cross and by His resurrection He has conquered death and the enemy.  So, fear Him today for as Jesus says in Matthew 10.28, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy the soul and body in hell.”

Memory Verse: How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1.1-2