Proverbs 1:7 the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction.
We have already established that Solomon has set out on a quest to find meaning in wisdom and foolishness. For most of this book, Solomon has talked about what he has found in dealing with foolishness. There are several things that will keep us locked in the prison of foolishness and today we will discuss fear. You’ve probably noticed in life that fear and doubt are kissing cousins. The two are almost inseparable. Generally, where there is doubt, fear is lurking around the corner.
Today you need to decide that whatever you fear establishes the boundaries of your freedom. So, if you fear the dark, then you keep a night-light on. If you fear bugs, then you scream like a girl when one touches you. If you fear the future, then you stay in the past. If you fear rejection, then you will spend your whole life molding yourself to what others want for you. Fear establishes boundaries of your freedom and if you fear God, then you are free. That seems odd, but if you fear God then you walk in knowing that he is going to care for you and love you.
This passage, that Solomon also wrote, says the right kind of fear is the beginning of making the right choice, because fear will paralyze you and keep you from walking in God’s purpose for your life. When we planted Refuge Point Church I was scared to death. So much to the point that I started second guessing what God was calling me to do. Fear was telling me that we would never make it, we would fail within a year, we would never grow beyond 35 people, I was going to bankrupt my savings account to keep it afloat, and on and on I could go. If I listened to the voice of fear, it would have caused me to doubt what God was calling me to do and miss the plan he had for me.
But thank God (in my churchy voice) – that in my fear, He wasn’t scared. If we are scared to do something that God is calling us to do, then maybe it should be extra reassurance that He is calling us to do it. Don’t fear what seems to be impossible – God is most likely involved in the process. It may seem absurd and impossible what God is calling you to, but with God, nothing is impossible.
“Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love”. – Rick Warren