The Fear of the Lord
Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” When we as a people or individually cease to fear God and his ways, we become foolish and reject all wisdom. From the killing of the unborn to the cowardly attack of a terrorist, we live in a world where some believe life is of little value. The life each of us enjoys can be taken in a callous act by someone who sees no wrong in doing so. There is no rationale for the senseless taking of the life of another and yet some will do that very deed in the name of a false religion, a false god, a cause the have an allegiance to, and some just out of convenience. There is no fear of justice being served, no fear of retribution and certainly no fear in going against God.
Without the guidance of God, society begins to rely on the foolishness of man and the net impact is the world that we live in today. Even with the state of our world and the impact of sin upon it, there has never been a better time to be a Christian and have the privilege to share the Gospel of Salvation with people that desperately need it. The world needs a witness and God’s people are to do just that. In Romans 8:18, we are reminded that, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” One day, we will see that the sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the glory that will be shown to us.
What we have today is not what God intended for it to be. That was Eden and sin destroyed that world just as sin is destroying our world today. Sin will not win and satan is defeated. As believers, we should stand tall and let a world that is suffering know that God is still waiting, still watching and still saving those that will invite him in. Share God with anyone and everyone you see. They are waiting to hear. Enjoy your coffee.
Love you all,
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Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.