Skip to comments.Submitting to Wisdom
Posted on 11/08/2018 3:52:14 PM PST by metmom
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments (Psalm 111:10).
Saving faith is obedient faith.
The wisdom of God resulting from the fear of the Lord leads to obedience. When we fear the Lord, we submit to His wisdom and commit ourselves to keeping His commandments. In the New Testament Jesus said the same thing: If you love Me, you will keep My commandments (John 14:15). We arent always as obedient as we ought to be, but the pattern of our lives turns from disobedience to a submissive heart of obedience. First John 2:3 says, By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. A persons claim to be a Christian is meaningless if hes not obedient.
From a positive perspective, fearing the Lord involves obeying His commandments; from a negative perspective, it involves turning away from evil. Job 28:28 says, The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. Equal to wisdom is understanding, and equal to fearing the Lord is departing from evil. Proverbs 8:13 says, The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Obeying the Lords commandments and shunning evil are dynamics that work in the soul of one who truly fears God. The fear of the Lord is not some feeling you try to generate within yourself; its the result of believing in the true God and living a life of love and obedience to Him. What about you? Does obedience to Gods Word characterize your life?
Suggestions for Prayer
Jesus Christ paid the price for your sin and ushered you into a relationship with God. Honor His work by obeying His Word, and ask Him to help you see evil from His perspective.
For Further Study
Read the following verses: Deuteronomy 6:1-2, 13-15, 24; 8:6; 10:12-13; 13:4; 17:19; 28:58-59; 31:12. What characterizes the life of a person who fears the Lord?
Studying God’s Word ping
Acts 15:12-29 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. After they finished speaking, James replied, Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,
After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.
Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.
Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers, with the following letter:
The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings. Since we have heard that some persons have gone out from us and troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.
Ive come to treasure the Lords understanding/teaching of human nature. He continues to bless my life in ways I could never have imagined. Not easy street but I wouldnt want to walk any other.
There is NO need to conflate the two. The Ten Commandments were for all of mankind so these passages in Acts do NOT apply to Gods Holy Law which is perfect and forever.
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