January 10, 2018

Proverbs 22:4

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
    is riches and honor and life.


By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

He had gone to church as a young boy. However, in growing older he strayed from the things of God. After a short term in the military, he took a job with a large company and relaxed. He had job security, a lovely wife, and children. What more could he want?

That was 1950. Since then, things have changed dramatically. The security he once enjoyed waned. Economic changes forced him into an early retirement. He never prayed or asked for God’s wisdom, thinking instead, “That religious stuff isn’t for me.” Yet in secret, he hoped his life was “good enough” to earn him a spot in heaven.

Many things are lacking in this man’s life. The most obvious is salvation. There is also a lack of understanding who God is. The writer of Proverbs asserted, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

People who do not fear God do not really know Him. Only when you take time to know God do you realize He is a personal, loving, living God, who is active in every area of life.

If you have never accepted Christ as your Savior, now is the right time to make that decision. Or if your fellowship has grown cold, ask Him to restore the intimacy of your personal relationship.

Father, let me come to know You in an intimate way. Renew the warmth of my fellowship with You.

Categories: Freedom From Fear


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