Adam’s Devotional – October 1-6, 2020

From Adam…

In this season of intense elections, a persistent pandemic, and racial tension, our nation needs a big dose of wisdom. There is an entire book all about wisdom smack dab in the middle of the Bible . . . you guessed it, Proverbs. The opening chapter teaches that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Wait a second, isn’t the most repeated command in all of scripture fear not? Isn’t God love? And doesn’t perfect love cast out fear? How can fear be the beginning of wisdom? It’s not, but the fear of the Lord is. The fear of the Lord is different from being afraid of God. Fear of the Lord means we know that God is God, and we are not. Adam and Eve forgot that in the garden, and look where that got us. The fear of the Lord is kind of like fire. If people don’t have a healthy fear of fire, someone is going to get burned. Fire can cook, purify, and sustain life through the cold, but it can also burn, kill, and destroy. This analogy breaks down immediately, God is obviously not fire. However, if we misunderstand our relationship with fire or our relationship with God, it can lead to disastrous results. Have you forgotten that you are not God? Are you trying to live your life without God – trying to get your identity and worth from something other than God’s judgment and grace? We cannot do this life without God. The first step toward wisdom is a step towards admitting your need for God. What if this week you did just that? Slow down, be still, and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you about the fear of the Lord. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.
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