By Mark Flattery
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 14:26-27
Central Thought: There is a place for fear in our lives.
Proverbs tells us that the fear of the Lord will bring blessing and save our lives. Fear in this sense does not mean to be afraid but that we will respect, honor, worship, and obey God.
There were times when the Children of Israel feared the Lord, as seen in their obedience to His Word and to His commands. Joseph feared God in spite of his circumstances and was elevated as a great leader in a foreign land. When the Egyptians turned on Israel, God humbled them and proved that He alone is the True God. The fear of God brought deliverance and blessing.
Ruth feared the Lord and declared that He was her God. God honored her actions by uniting her with Boaz and by placing her in the lineage of Christ as the great-grandmother of King David.
A royal official needed Jesus to heal his son. He begged Jesus to visit his child, for he was 'close to death.” Jesus did not go to his home but instead announced that the boy would live. The official showed his respect and confidence in Jesus when he 'took Jesus at his word and departed.”
We can verbally declare that we fear God, but it is only when we are obedient to His Word and trust in Him alone that our words become valid. Fear God with all your heart, and He will be your fountain of life.
Devotional Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that my words and actions will declare my love for You.
Today's Bible Reading: Ruth 2:1-4:22; John 4:43-54; Psalm 105:16-36; Proverbs 14:26-27