Fear: the Beginning of Wisdom

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”

Psalms 110:10

Fear can only be replaced by (reverent) fear. Fear of God is having a worshipful reverence and awe of who God is (Hebrews 12:28). For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).

We fear God, with a reverent fear. We are not terrified because Christ our perfect Mediator has, because of His shed blood on the cross and resurrection from the dead, assured us we can boldly approach the throne of God.

When we fear God rightly, we recognize him for who he truly is: a God of no limits, and therefore, utterly unlike anyone or anything we know. We have to have a right view of God. If we look at creation, at the mountains, oceans + people and don’t see Christ’s glory then we have set other things in the place of where Jesus should be. We have to be in awe of the Creator rather than His creation. This is the start to becoming wise.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

The fear of man is the beginning of folly and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

When we lose sight of the awesomeness of God, we invariably put something in His place. Why? Because our hearts were made to search for awe (God).  Often times it is people (even ourselves!!), or money, or fame, or fortune. We become disappointed when people and things don’t measure up in the awe gap of our hearts.

We have to recapture our hearts to be fully in awe of God. We have to love the Creator of the creation. We have to look to Jesus.

Only when we put Christ back on his throne of awe in our hearts will we be free from being disappointed by people. We will be free to worship Christ and in doing so, we will begin to become wise.

Your heart is a throne, sister. Who sits on it?


Caroline (@caromedlin) is the founder of thegracescripts.com. She is currently studying Public Relations at MTSU. She has a heart for the nations, adoption and women’s ministry. She is passionate about teaching women to dig deeper into their Bibles so that they can truly know the God they say they love. She loves traveling, reading old books, and hearing people’s stories. She currently calls Nashville home.

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