If you’re just joining us, welcome. You’ll find a short introduction to the Proverbs reading plan on Day 1.
Section One, cont’d— God: Wisdom concerning the nature and values of God
In this first week of our study of Proverbs, we are turning our attention upward to who God is and the wisdom He offers His people. We’re exploring topics such as the ways of wisdom and folly, the fear of God, what God commands, what God hates, and blessings and curses.
Day Two: The Fear of God
In Genesis 31:42, Jacob referred to God as “The Fear.” What exactly does it mean to fear God? Does it mean cowering under a rock for fear that if He sees us, He will strike us down?
When the Bible talks about “fearing God,” it means we should revere God as holy. Fearing God by revering Him as holy is not a posture of hiding; it is a posture of drawing near.
Consider these proverbs that focus on fearing the Lord.
The Fear of God
7 Don’t consider yourself to be wise;
fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 This will be healing for your body
and strengthening for your bones.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil.
I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct,
and perverse speech.
The fear of the Lord leads to life;
one will sleep at night without danger.
Don’t let your heart envy sinners;
instead, always fear the Lord.
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting,
but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
Q. What do you think it means to fear God in a way that actually cultivates intimacy between you and Him?
Q. What does “Don’t consider yourself to be wise” (Proverbs 3:7) have to do with fearing God?
Q. Where in your life does pride have its strongest hold? What is the difference between confidence and pride?
Q. When you’ve found yourself “envying sinners” (Proverbs 23:17), what specifically do you envy? What does that envy reveal about what you revere?