January 15, 2018
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The fear of others lays a snare,
but one who trusts in the Lord is secure.
We have seen that it is the fear of the Lord that precipitates His protection round about
our lives. This same fear of the Lord also rains His abundance upon our lives. Even in
the midst of the drought or times of famine, the man who fears the Lord will see the
goodness of God. “And there was famine in the land… and Isaac sowed in the land and
received in the same year a hundred fold and the Lord blessed him.” (Genesis 26:1, 12).
It is not merely circumstantial that a gathering of lions is called a “pride.” The fear of the
Lord is cultivated among the humble. The meek are quick to acknowledge their need of
the hand of the Lord being upon their lives. “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit
the earth.” (Matthew 5:6). The pride of man hinders the Lord’s blessing as a haughty
spirit finds no need within itself for the good hand of God to be upon their lives.
Those who seek the Lord will find His abundance readily available and offered freely.
The very act of seeking the Lord speaks of humility of heart and the felt need to inquire
of Him and to require His blessing. An independent spirit asks nothing of God, for such a
one does not see their deep neediness and impoverished spirit.
Fear the Lord…
Seek the Lord…
Walk in humility before Him…
And now, you too, will be in a position to experience His overflowing provision!
“Father, again I ask, ever desirous of knowing You better…Thank You for the Spirit of
the Lord teaching me and giving to me a “spirit of quick understanding in the fear of the