When difficult things happen and life turns upside down, we get weak. At least I do. In fact, I am there now. I need God’s strength more than ever, and some days…some hours…some very trying moments, His face is the last place I look.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
I found myself singing this reminder earlier today…
My spirit is thirsty for wisdom and strength for the days set before me. God’s Word meets that thirst.
The Fear of the Lord and Why You Need It
Proverbs 24:5, “A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength.”
So if I am wise, I will be strong. Then, later that same chapter:
24:10, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”
If your strength was small, then you must have lacked wisdom, according to this chapter. If you need wisdom for strength, and you need strength for adversity, then you logically need wisdom for adversity.
Okay, how to get wisdom? Let’s go back to the beginning.
Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
I cannot have wisdom without starting with fear of the Lord. If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom—and you need wisdom for adversity—then you need to fear the Lord to not “faint in the day of adversity.”
Fear of the Lord –> wisdom –> strength
“The fear of the Lord is a state of mind in which one’s own attitudes, will, feelings, deeds, and goals are exchanged for God’s.” (John MacArthur)
So, give up my attitude…
my will—what I want…
my deeds—the stuff I do…
Begin by laying down everything that is absolutely me, and turning my eyes to the Lord. Yes, I see it now. Did you know that when you fear the Lord properly, it is impossible to be afraid of anything else? Including current circumstances or future unknowns. (It’s that peace we can’t even understand…you know, from Philippians 4:7?)
Here’s one to grow on:
Isaiah 26:3-4, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”
Come to God for strength, because in Him is “everlasting strength.” If you are weak, come to God. Are you fainting in the middle of a horrible situation?
Isaiah 40:28, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.”
I am in the middle of difficult circumstances. I must fear the Lord, keep my eyes on Him, and draw strength from Him. Then I will be strong, I will have perfect peace, and live life more wisely too.
You need the fear of the Lord, my friend, if you want wisdom and strength for the hard days.
Some of my favorite basics for my daily appointment with God and His Word: