The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 NIV
Question and answer
Q. Should we fear Someone who is love, and who is committed to be merciful in His dealings with us?
A. There is the ‘stab of fear’, like when the tiger in the zoo fastens its eyes on you; and there is the slower apprehension of being momentarily speechless in the presence of greatness, like meeting the Queen.
One stirs you to ‘fight or flight’; the other moves you positively, to deep respect and deference – and a willingness to listen.
Lord, we worship You.
We bow down before Your majestic presence,
yet You would have us address You as ‘Father’.
We put aside our imagined knowledge and experience,
and seek Your instruction.
We bring our situation of difficulty which has baffled the leading minds,
knowing You have wisdom and insight far above our own,
and the grace to impart it to those who listen.
Lead us in Your way, Lord,
and share with us a glimpse from Your perspective –
raising our faith to pray in agreement with You,
for Your will to be done.
A thought about this verse – possibly controversial, but topical
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