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27 The fear [yir'ah] of the LORD [Yahovah] is a fountain [maqowr] of life [chay], to depart [cuwr] from the snares [mowqesh] of death [maveth]. KJV-Interlinear 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death. NASB
Fear is the application of extreme reverence or awe toward a higher or supreme power. This awe is obtained by learning and then understanding the vastness of wisdom and power that God possesses, as well as the tremendous patience and understanding that God uses with people, both the good and the very bad.
All too often people think of God as just another person who happens to have super human abilities, but still possesses the human flaws that we all have. That God, just like mankind, can have His downside and can be defeated, but with time will also overcome His enemies, and with this in mind, people too think that with enough time they will be able to overcome all obstacles in their own lives. And this is of course the big lie of history.
People generally do not look at the big picture of life. They just look as the little snippet of time that we all live within on this earth. For some it will be a few minutes, for most it will be several decades. And, during that time we all think that we have to hustle through life chasing after some elusive concept of happiness which we define as what we have, or what we can do during our life time.
If we have little to work with then we are unhappy because we are limited in what we can do, and that is the big problem. Not the having little, but our focus on our circumstances. Our happiness becomes a slave to our circumstances and from that there is no escape.
Ignoring the big picture which is our entire existence from our birth into eternity, then we leave out the bulk of our life, which is the eternity portion. To ignore the big picture then we lose out on the many advantages we could have in life.
What we have been studying day after day, is that those who are not really interested in God or doctrine are in fact giving away their entire future. And, they are doing it of their own stubborn but free will.
Driven by 'what we have' now, or 'what we want' now, we close our eyes to what could be in our lives. The spiritual life is a preparation for the big picture as well as the now.
The preparation for now part, covers not only our spiritual growth, but our being able to live our lives in this jungle of a world where life is just not fair. The world is full of evil, or prejudice, of bias, of wicked gossips who would sooner see you suffer because they enjoy seeing people suffer. The world is full of people who would be terrorists who only want to have their own wicked ways of lust, death and destruction, not because it does any good, but because they have a free reign with their sinful and criminal ways.
They are driven by their own selfish lusts of power and control over others. They can rape at will, kill at will , steal at will, and this is their big kick in life. And, if they can throw up a false philosophy in order to justify their evil, then all the better or so they think. It is certainly easier to recruit more evil types into their ranks when the popular belief seems to make their ways acceptable.
Islam as a religious example, is this way today. In the past witch burning was popular and accepted as legitimate. And even the idle gossip of today can lead to malicious slander and hate crimes. So there are many sources of support for evil in this world. They will all lead to the doom of those who pursue them.
The only way to have a great life now and a great future, is to subscribe your life to the daily study of the Word of God.
From truth (the Bible is the only source of truth) comes all support for life. God is an infinite fountain of resources. His word which has to reside in your soul to be of benefit to you, nourishes the flowers and fruits of your faith, produces blessings, graces and virtues, and prepares your soul for life now in this world as well as life in eternity.
Without God there would be nothing. With God there is everything and more. To ignore this in your life is the epitome of stupidity. If you have begun to participate in a daily study then you have begun to learn the truths of life. If you are still flipping back and forth from one study to another, to another, or are just looking for that one line of text or story which will magically make your day, and generally not following anything, then you are continuing to learn nothing and will never learn anything spiritually.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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