Rather than focus on the fear that stems from lack of faith or distrust, I choose instead to identify and seek insight for the form of fear that demonstrates a sort of reverence and respect. Though fear may manifest in many forms, the one that is acceptable is that of awe and reverence, not that of trembling-filled terror.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10 Wisdom and understanding are certainly attributes I appreciate attaining.
First, the fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins. Basically, my limited understanding leads me to the conclusion that wisdom begins, when I allow God to be God. He is not some sort of good luck charm to pull out and rub when there is a need or a hope. He is One to be sought, and celebrated, thanked and appreciated in all things and at all times. His presence is not dependant on my asking, so I ought to remember that He is ever-present and live my life accordingly. He is not simply Sunday support. He is here. Wherever I go, He goes. Wherever I stay, He stays. I invited His presence years ago, and He is not a fair-weather friend. He remains in me, so I must remain in Him. As I do so, He reveals new truth and insight that I had not previously understood. He grants fresh perspective in moments of panic, and provides peace.
Knowledge is something that is sought after, yet can be quite elusive. I find that my understanding expands when I earnestly seek Him. The more I know of Him, the more I begin to understand. Each moment spent in His Word, provides a clearer picture of who He is, and who I am in Him. This journey is one that lasts a lifetime, not a short vacation in value. Each time I seek and ask, there is new to be found.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present