16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and turmoil with it. (Proverbs 15:16)
The world's definition of fear is as an emotional response to a perceived threat or danger against our lives, possessions, loved ones, etc. It is not an emotion most people like to feel and is certainly NOT how God wants to be viewed or treated! In fact, the kind of love and Godly reverence believers are to develop is the exact opposite of what springs from human nature.
The apostle John tells us that perfect love and fear CANNOT ultimately reside together!
8. The one who does not love does not know God because God is love.
. . . And the one who fears HAS NOT been made perfect in the love of God. (1John 4:8, 18, Holy Bible in Its Original Order - A Faithful Version)
20 Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. 22 'How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge? '
World's Wit and Wisdom
A fanatic is a man who does what he
thinks the Lord would do if He
knew the facts of the case.
Finley Peter Dunne, 1865 - 1936
What men usually ask God
when they pray is that
two and two not make four.
25 You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. 26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you - 28 'When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.' (1:20, 22, 25 - 26, 28)
4 Search for them (wisdom and understanding) as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. 5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. (2:4 - 5)
7 Don't be conceited, sure of your own wisdom. Instead, trust and reverence the Lord, and turn your back on evil; 8 when you do that, then you will be given renewed health and vitality. (3:7 - 8)
10 For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding. (9:10)
What else does it bring?
According to Proverbs, reverencing God brings the following.
It prolongs the life of the righteous but shortens the years of the wicked. (10:27)
It brings confidence in God and a person's children will be protected. It also protects a person from an untimely death. (14:26 - 27)
It instructs a person in wisdom and humility. (15:33)
It leads to a satisfied life and protection from evil. (19:23)
World's Wit and Wisdom
To one who has faith,
no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith,
no explanation is possible.
Thomas Aquinas, 1225 - 1274
A man with God
is always in the majority.
John Knox, 1513 - 1572
4 True humility and respect for the Lord lead a man to riches, honor, and long life. (22:4)
21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change, 22 For their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that comes from both of them? (Proverbs 24:21 - 22)