by Curt Dodd

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge...

One day in July a farmer sat in front of his shack smoking a
corncob pipe. Along came a stranger who asked, "How is your
cotton coming?" "Ain't got none," the farmer said, "Didn't
plant none, afraid of the bollweevil." "Well, how's your
corn?" "Didn't plant none, afraid of draught." "How about
your potatoes?" "Ain't got none, scared of 'tater bugs." The
stranger finally asked him, "Well, what did you plant?"
"Nothing," answered the farmer, "I just played it safe."
That's how many of us think we're playing when we don't deal
with this concept of being rightly related to God. We think,
"Well, if we don't think about Him, everything is going to be
okay." Out of sight, out of mind.

That's why a lot of people don't go to church, they don't want
to be reminded of a responsibility they may have to the Lord so
they can plead the Fifth. Using ignorance for their excuse,
they feel like that will justify their inactivity or their lack
of proper worship. The scripture does clearly say, "The fear
of the LORD, is the beginning of wisdom." Now, we also need to
remember that fear is a very interesting concept. The Bible
speaks of fear in two different ways.

First, it uses "fear" to describe "utter terror." In Hebrews
10:31, the scripture says that:
It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

So there is a concept of utter terror.

On the other hand, fear is also used describing complete
respect. That's exactly the kind of fear we need to ...

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