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Thank God He’s Not An Arachnid

Spiders scare me. I have no desire to see or be in the same house as one. I don’t think there’s been a moment in my life where I’ve actually used sound judgement and wisdom when approaching my fear of spiders. Most recently, I was getting out of the shower when I saw a spider the size of an iPhone (yet more round and less rectangular). I lost all sense and threw my towel at it then ran out of the bathroom with nothing covering me. I was full of fear, empty of wisdom, and completely naked.

Isn’t that just what it’s like to not fear the Lord? Proverbs says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When I don’t recognize who God is, I can’t fear him. I can’t fear him if I don’t recognize what He can do to me and what I actually deserve. That’s why Jesus says in Matthew 10:28, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” God alone is worthy of our fear. He can do anything He wants to me. Yet, He chooses grace through Christ Jesus.

When we’re obedient to the Lord consistently, we understand who He is consistently. The more we understand who He is, the more aware we are of who we were before Jesus and what we actually deserve. This is why fearing the Lord is good. Fearing the Lord expunges sin from our lives, focuses us on our need for a Savior and allows us to understand who God really is.

Do you fear the Lord, or just everything else? If you want wisdom, start by being obedient to the Lord’s will for your life.

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