The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7).
I’ve noticed that children and adults will not do things until someone gets pissed off about it (possible danger). Then they rush to do whatever it is they were supposed to do. Why wait until someone gets mad and upset? Just do it.
I think I can understand this text a bit better today. It means we are to understand that God is the authority over us (like our parents etc). And we should do what God wants us to do so He doesn’t have to get angry about it. Why does He have to pour out wrath to get our attention? We should do what is good right now.
I thank God for His grace given to those who believe in Jesus. Does trusting in grace, knowing my sins are forgiven, and Jesus took my place in punishment at the cross on my behalf diminish my fear of the Lord?
Don’t be fooled my brothers and sisters in Christ. God is not mocked. We will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). We may be forgiven and saved, but the consequences of our sin will impact our lives with the fullness of its sting. God allows us to reap in that manner because He disciplines those He loves.
Hebrews 12:4-6, “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.'”
Never let it be said of us that we trampled down the grace of God and the blood of our Lord and Savior on our way to feed at the pig trough of sin. Don’t be one who returns to their own vomit like a dog.
Cast off the corruption and dust of this world… hate the world… hate your sinful life… love God… love your neighbor… love the brethren. Shine with the Light that lives within you by doing what is right.
Our groom is coming soon… have your lamp oil in hand and the wick trimmed. Watch and listen for His call.