Now that I have your attention think about this. Scientists estimate that there are at least one hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe. The Earth is in one of those galaxies. There are many things we don’t know and can’t comprehend about the vastness of space. We think of the world as a big place, and while it is, the fact that we’re a mere speck in the universe is hard to fathom.
How people can say there isn’t a God, something greater than what our eyes can see, puzzles me. Just take a look around at the beauty and wonders around us. Man can’t create these things, but God can.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” has been playing over and over in my mind for weeks. I’ve thought about what it means and been brought to say this: God is great and worthy to be praised.
I automatically relate the word fear to being afraid of someone or something, as do most people. And, as I thought more about that, my mind went to, “I’m not afraid of God. He is my comforter, my provider, my healer, my friend, my father, and my creator. He loves me. Why would I be afraid?!”
In this case though, fear means to revere and respect the Lord. He is holy and just. He is almighty. He is king of kings, Lord of lords. What He says, goes.
In the end, He has the authority to give us eternal life or cast us into the fiery pit of hell. That statement does impart an actual fear, but a healthy one; one that makes me strive to be in His will, keep His commandments and understand more about Him.
Knowing how God has moved in my life and in other’s lives makes me know, without doubt, He’s there. I respect His power. I respect His authority in my life. He created the universe but cared enough to create me, a speck on a speck in that universe.
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Job 28:28 And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.
Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
Psalm 147:4-5 He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite