“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
This verse came up on my phone today and a short teaching with it. Tim Keller explained “fear” in this verse and I found it so helpful. He said, “Fear in the Bible means to be overwhelmed, to be controlled by something.” Looking back I can give plenty of evidence of being foolish, years spent not allowing the Lord to be in control of my words and actions. It is His grace that rescues you from your own foolishness and draws you towards wisdom, instruction and obedience. He draws you to Himself. A desire burns inside to be controlled by the Holy Spirit and overwhelming love is stirred. This becomes a way of life, not without making mistakes, but quicker to align back with Him. As I parent, one of my prayers is for each of our children to live in this fear much sooner than I did. Listening to them and watching them I think they are well on their way.