“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”– Proverbs 9:10
Many people struggle with the concept of the fear of the Lord. Some believe it is a shaking-in-our-boots kind of fear, a trembling under the mighty hand of God. Others think it is a feeling of awe and wonder because of His nature. These concepts are a distinct part of fearing the Lord, but I believe there is yet another.
Psalms 14:1 says, “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Suddenly, the fear of the Lord is about more than obtaining wisdom – this is a crisis of the human heart. We as humans have eternity written on our hearts – by God. We have an insatiable longing for a higher connection, a deeper relationship, to be known and loved at the core of who we are – these longings are put there by God. Whether we acknowledge them or not, we know two things: