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Daily Verse: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
Fear, in its original Hebrew, means reverence. When Solomon talks about “fear of the Lord,” he means acknowledging God’s power and sovereignty. God rules all things; we control nothing, and the Lord controls everything.
Knowing the truth enables us to let go and let God.
Showing reverence to God means admitting we don’t know everything. Convincing narratives doesn’t equal truth. Unless present, we don’t know what other people think and speak. We can’t possibly see the condition or motives of other people’s hearts. Therefore, we can’t know everything. But God does.
With God, we don’t need to know all the facts; we can trust in Him.
Foolish people think they know everything, their actions revealing their thoughts. Wise people recognize their limited perspective and submit to God in awe of His sovereignty. Tapping into the Lord’s divine knowledge helps us become wise.
Lord, let Your wisdom reign in us as we submit our lives to Your sovereignty. Forgive us our foolish ways; help us always turn to You. Let our fear of You lead us to Your divine knowledge. IJNIP. Amen