Adam’s Devotional – October 29-November 4, 2020

From Adam…

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This idea is repeated over and over again throughout Proverbs. If you look closely, this teaching is paired with wisdom about arrogance. Arrogance fools us into thinking that we can do this thing called life and faith all by ourselves. Secondly, it convinces us into believing our identity and worth come from our performance. If we succeed in our work, we are a success. If we fail in our work, we are a failure. The fear of the Lord pushes against arrogance. The wisdom that begins in the fear of the Lord is all about being in right relationship with God and in right relationship with ourselves. Jesus Christ invites us into reconciled, loving, relationship with God. We need God, and we need one another. Fortunately, God has given us all of God’s self in Christ. What does it mean to be in right relationship with ourselves? This is a big question. But, as it relates to the fear of the Lord, we were not made to get our identity and value from our performance, success, or failure. The fear of the Lord invites us to realize that our identity comes from God’s love for us. What would it look like for you to lean into this wisdom? What would it look like if you were in right relationship with God and yourself? What if you asked the Holy Spirit to draw you further away from arrogance and further into relationship? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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