Wisdom and Fear
By Paul Miller
September 1, 2017
We like to think of ourselves as wise. We like to think that we follow what is good and right. However, if we try to determine right and wrong based upon our feelings or our society, then we are foolish in God’s eyes.
God has told us what true wisdom is. It is to fear Him (to reverence, respect Him; to submit to Him, realizing that He is in charge and His ways and Word are right). To understand is to know Him. Many people know about Him, yet do not know Him. To know Him, though, is to love Him — to love what He loves and to hate what He hates.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding (Proverbs 9:10). The fear of the Lord is to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13).
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Yet many claim to know God who also love and defend what God calls evil. We do not get to determine right and wrong. God does. If we cannot accept that what He calls sin is sin, then we do not really know or fear Him. We have set ourselves up as being above God. Are you wise in your own sight or wise in God’s sight?
— Paul Miller
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