We may know who God is, holy, righteous, just, and true, but do we know how to approach Him in order to live in His power, presence, and love? Are we walking in wisdom in our relationship with Him? The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. When our children are young we teach them to fear certain things that are actually very good when used appropriately, like the oven. Not until they grow to a place of understanding and are able to appreciate how it works and what it does can we set them free to use it.
As we grow to understand God we are more and more free to revere and enjoy Him.
The “End” of Wisdom
Fear is the beginning of wisdom but the end is that perfect love casts out fear. From a more mature perspective we understand that when we do make an error, we can ask God’s forgiveness, receive it, and move on. He no more wants us to remain wallowing in grief over our mistake, fear of the next one, or His reaction to them than a good parent would. As we grow to truly know His love for us, we are free to deal with our mistakes and continue in relationship with Him.
In the end, God does not want us to fear Him at all; He just wants us to love Him.
Growing to the place where we are able to understand and appreciate God means that we will also need to grow to a place of knowing who we are internally. This means that we will have to choose to deal with our attitudes and emotions, because when we deny them instead of face them we end up being deceived. Our tendency is to deal with things by not dealing with them.
Not until we decide to embrace the work of being honest about what is going on inside can God help us change.
Addressing these concerns is not something that we can do successfully on our own; we need to help each other by walking through this process together. As we pay attention to what is going on in our hearts and minds, allowing God and others to help us deal with internal issues, we are set free to be overcomers and in the process become the person He intends for us to be.
- Ask God to help you identify one internal issue that He wants to address in your life. Write down the first step you believe you can take to address it.
- Pay attention to how you respond when you make a mistake. Are you able to receive God’s forgiveness and move on? (Can you handle it the way you would encourage a friend or your child to?)