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Fear of God is the Beginning of Wisdom

Day 23

“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
-Psalms 147: 10-11

Fear can mean the feeling of terror in a desperate situation. Fear can also be the reverence and awe of God in the presence of his glory and greatness. The fear of the Lord is a combination of all of these.

In my years of serving in church or leading in schools, I am sometimes filled with self-doubt during moments of disappointments, challenging situations, or spiritual tiredness. Yet I am always reminded that God is not impressed by human strength, talents, or physical abilities. He will lift up the humble and those broken in spirit. The Almighty God chose us as his instruments, with all our flaws and imperfections, because He wills to work his purposes through us.

What God desires of us is a humble spirit which is malleable and obedient. We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we can lead purpose-filled lives, guided by his Holy Spirit.

Until our hearts are in a right relationship with God, we are unable to have the wisdom that comes from heaven. During this period of Lent, let us ask God to fill our hearts with holy reverence and fear and let us all fall down in worship to Him who “who gives generously to all without finding fault.” (James 1:5)

Victor Ong 🙏