Proverbs 9:10 Amplified Bible / New Living Translation
“The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom [its starting point and its essence], and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight.”
There are many people who misunderstand the meaning of the phrase to “fear the Lord”. What it does not mean is that we are to be afraid of him, but rather to revere and be in awe of him simply for who he is. This is a theme that appears in the seventh verse of the first chapter as well. It says, “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” The foolish shun wisdom and mock God, believing in their heart that they have it all together. Sadly most will not find out until it is far too late that they didn’t really understand anything at all.
Getting to know God isn’t strictly knowing facts about him, but having an intimate, personal relationship with him. The word ‘intimate’ in this case means ‘close’. It should be our spiritual goal to truly know God and place everything in his care. Once we arrive in heaven with our Lord we shall know even as we are known.*
We must not strive to be part of the crowd by emulating them; rather we must strive to emulate our creator God. Jesus was the example in flesh to show us how to act and what to say. If you are in awe of God’s character than you will serve him, not out of obligation or fear, but out of reverence and awe at his glory and majesty as seen in nature all around us. Seek understanding and insight into the things of the Lord and you will grow in spiritual maturity. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Amplified Bible & The Life Application Study Bible
* 1 Corinthians 13:12; James 1:5 & 2 Peter 1:2-4.