“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him…” (Psalm 33:18)
“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him…” (Psalm 25:14)
“…So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:11)
“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him…” (Psalm 147:11)
These are just some of the blessings given to the God-fearing.
Those who fear God are those who live in the way of humility. “By humility… the fear of the Lord…” (Prov. 22:4)
God-fearers are always willing to be rebuked when they fail, because they want to stand right before God. “Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man (A humble one), and he will love you.” (Prov. 9:8)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments…” (Psalm 111:10)
Humility is the basis of the fear of God and the fear of God is the beginning of the wisdom of God.
In His word, God speaks to us as a father to beloved sons: “…My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” (Heb. 12:5-6) God loves us, so He rebuke us (through His word, through brothers or situations), when we fail and when we respond to His rebuke and repent, we stand before Him without spot and blameless. “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things (new heaven and new earth), be diligent to be found by Him in peace.” (2 Peter 3:14)
“The ear that hears the rebukes … – life, Will abide among the wise.” (Prov. 15:31) The wise ones are the ones who are willing to accept rebuke, because they love God, fear Him and want to stand right before Him.
But, if we ignore the rebukes, justify ourselves and even blame those who rebuke us, then we remain in our sin and the sin stands between us and God. The burden becomes heavy and slowly our conscience becomes numb and we are no longer sensitive to the rebuke of the Holy Spirit. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened…” (Heb. 3:13)
In the letter to the Laodicean church, after the Lord had rebuked them for being lukewarm in their attitude towards Him and proud, He told them: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” (Rev. 3:19). The Lord rebuked them, because He loved them and wanted them to surrender and repent.
“Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Phil. 2:2-3)
True unity among us believers, is not with perfect people (because we are not like that), but with those who are willing to be rebuked humbly, to repent and together to worship God in awe. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:28-29)
God works in us to will and do as to His will (Phil. 2:12-13). To know His will we need His wisdom, especially in these times of the end times. “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Eph. 5:15-17)
As true believers we must examine our heart, whether we have humility and the fear of God. The wisdom of God is the result. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” (James 3:13)
The wisdom of God is described in the Epistle of James 3:17: “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable (with all men), gentle, willing to yield (submissive), full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Prov. 9:10)
A prayer for all of us: “…that you (we) may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you (we) may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Col. 1:9-10) Amen!