Proverbs 9:10-11, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.
This is just a tidbit from our message on Sunday that I thought I’d share this morning. That word, fear is from the word Yirah, which means ‘manifested respect in godly things’. So this is how I read this verse; “The manifested respect of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” We also know that honor is treating someone with utmost respect to the point that when they walk into the room, we must remember that we’re standing in the presence of someone great. Can you even imagine how marriages and families would change if they’d simply remember to honor one another?
So the bible says, this is only the beginning of wisdom. What is understanding? The knowledge of the Holy One, or knowing God. So basically, we can’t have wisdom without respecting God, his ways and principles, nor will we ever have understanding until we get to know God. I know people who have gone to church for YEARS and when asked about God, they say, well, um, well, He is holy. Seriously? That’s all you’ve got about God after years of sitting in church? The problem is they know about God, but they really don’t know God.
I can go to a movie, watch it 10 times, love the movie and the actor, but I don’t know the actor. I know about him, but I will never know him. Why? Because I don’t know him personally nor do I have a relationship with him. I could go see every one of his movies, build a shrine to him in my home, read every article about him, follow him on twitter, that only makes me a stalker! I will never have an intimate relationship with him and to think so is merely a fantasy. So knowing about and knowing intimately are two completely separate things.
Are you a God stalker? Do you go to every meeting, every revival on the face of the earth, searching for him here and there? Did you know that God is in you? He’s as close as the mention of his name? Did you know you don’t have to go to a ‘healer’ to get healed because the Healer is in you? That’s right! Did you know you don’t have to go to see the Holy Spirit in action because the Holy Spirit is in you? That’s right! He’s just waiting for you to give him access so he can move in and through you, to lay hands on the sick, to raise the dead. It all starts with knowing and respecting God.
Oh Father, my father! May I always walk behind you, respectfully watching, listening and obeying you. May my lips bring you praise and honor and may my life display the same. May your divine favor follow me wherever I go and whatever I do. I won’t be a stalker of your presence, but a partaker. I will meditate on your Word day and night. My body is your house, may you be glorified in what I do today. Humbly I bow at your feet and proclaim you Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.