29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.
30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
What I find so interesting about these verses is that the one that chooses not to fear the Lord will end up in a fearful place, but the one that chooses to fear the Lord will end up living without fear.
I am a fearful person. I live so much of my life in fear of what others are thinking of me, in fear that I haven’t measured up to their expectations of me, in fear that I have not accomplished all that God had in store for me and it’s too late now, in fear that …
But how often would I say that I am conscious of a fear of the Lord? Unfortunately, not very often. It usually shows up right after I sin in some way and it sounds like, “Oh, no! I am afraid of God’s consequences for what I just did.” That’s not a good and proper fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is a healthy place. The fear of the Lord fosters humility, dependence on God, intimacy with the Almighty, repentance, wisdom, worship, trust, faith, patience, and so much more. If you find yourself in living in fear today, perhaps it’s time to turn that fear into a fear of the Lord.