Faithful Fear

I find that I fear what I do not understand, and avoid that which I fear.  Fear is a funny thing, as it has multiple meanings and appears in an array of avenues.  There is fear that is rational and warranted; and then there is irrational ingrained angst.  Fearing that which can cause bodily harm, rational.  Fearing the unknown or the unclear, difficult at the least to grasp and overcome.

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

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