Bill Stockham | PentecostalTheology.com
“I know that everything God does WILL ENDURE FOREVER; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it SO THAT PEOPLE WILL FEAR HIM.” (Eccl. 3:14) [Why is God so interested in us fearing Him? Because:] “The FEAR OF THE LORD is THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM, and knowledge of the Holy One IS UNDERSTANDING.” (Prov. 9:10) [Fear comes from a word that means “awesome” or “awesomeness”, to show reverence, so we need to reverence the Lord and be aware of his awesomeness! It also means to become “frightened”, should we be afraid of the Lord, NO; what we should fear is the consequences of being disobedient to God!] ” My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you…if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding…and search for it AS FOR HIDDEN TREASURE, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and FIND THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.” (Prov. 2:1-5) [We must not only receive God’s word as hidden treasure, but remember the word of God, and hide it in our hearts so it will always be there to help us. We must grasp all occasions of hearing the word of God, and listen with attention and seriousness, as if we were afraid of letting it out of our grasp!] “The fear of the LORD LEADS TO LIFE; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” (Prov. 19:23) [Teach us Lord to know how wonderfully awesome you really are, and to serve you WITH OUR ALL!] “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD with ALL YOUR HEART and with ALL YOUR SOUL and with ALL YOUR MIND and WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ THERE IS NO COMMANDMENT GREATER THAN THESE.” (Mark 12:28-31) [Our Abba Father desires our best, no; He actually COMMANDS our best, why can he do this? Because He is THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!]
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that THE FEAR OF THE LORD LEADS TO LIFE; THEN WE CAN RESTS CONTENT, UNTOUCHED BY TROUBLE!