The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7
When we began this journey of life, we each started with a natural desire to appease our flesh and to pursue our own personal agenda. This, however, is not how we were designed to function, but instead is the result of sin. We were created with the ability and desire to worship and we will always do so whether that be our self, Christ, or a vast number of other options or opportunities. The word exaltation is defined as “the act of raising someone or something high in rank, power, or character – a decision that then consumes ones’ thoughts, passions, and actions.” God alone is worthy of our worship, our undivided attention, our faithfulness, and our service. A study of the phrase the fear of the Lord reveals that when God is granted access to and control of our heart, He alone will dictate our passions, priorities, and pursuits. Who God is will inspire our awe, what God can do will demand our attention, and what God has done will command our affection. It is when life becomes less about living successfully and more about living faithfully. It is when pleasing God with our life is all that really matters. A humble person will recognize his personal shortcomings, will value the presence of God, and will prepare himself to love God, to listen to His Word, and to live in complete obedience to Him knowing that only then will he live a complete and satisfied life. It is the understanding that our existence must become less about us and more about Him. In John 3:30, John put it this way, “He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.”

– written by Pastor Jay Overbay