“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is in vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”
Fear is the humility to place oneself before God, acknowledging ignorance. Fear is the tears of frustration that turn to God in prayer, asking for guidance. Fear is knowing Whom to ask when wisdom is lacking.
Fear is the awe of the mystery that is both God’s otherness and nearness, His infinity and His intimacy.
Fear is the heart that trembles at the life given to my care, the heart that must love even while learning love, the heart that lives only because of love that has been poured in by the Holy One.
We know because He loves.
And this love casts out the shadow-fear, the faltering-fear of darkness and doubt.
Fear is knowing I am loved.
This Fear is the beginning of my wisdom.