“Listen! The Lord is calling to the city — and to fear your Name is wisdom — “Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.””
George Truett used to speak about how he did the work of personal evangelism. He would focus upon the needs of the person’s family, how they would be helped by having a Godly parent. He would remind the person that he was visiting that “your children need to have a better parent.” In doing this Truett seems to be faithfully following the words of the Prophet Micah who brings God’s accusation against the city of Jerusalem. Judgement is coming upon them because of certain sinful practices that they have been engaged in. At the heart of God’s word to them is the fact that they are lacking in real reverence for God. They are treating God’s words as if they are empty.
This is a foundational thought for us. Reverence, or fear, of God is vital to living a successful life. In the Scriptures we read this.
“The fool says in his heart. There is no God. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Come my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
In Romans 3:10-19 the apostle Paul summarizes this teaching from the Old Testament by showing us that each of us has fallen into a hard hearted disobedience to the purposes of God for our lives. We have not reverenced Him as we ought; therefore we have disobeyed His commands and fallen short of His standards. It is this hard hearted “lostness” that keeps us from enjoying the blessings of God in our lives.
Paul tells us this so that he can lead us to the free gift of redemption which we find in the Lord Jesus Christ. What we cannot do for ourselves God has done for us in the Lord Jesus Christ. Through faith in Him we find ourselves set right with God.