BDBD is Proverb 15:33

Whenever I read about the fear of the Lord while going through Proverbs such as in this verse I remember an event about five years ago. While living in North Carolina I went to a men’s early morning breakfast Bible study. An assistant pastor lead the study. One morning he rather abruptly and forcefully asked, “What is fear of the Lord?” I was shocked at his tone wondering if he was sincere or opening up a Biblical discussion. His face answered me. No one answered. I wanted to say something, but being a slow waker I didn’t want to get into a debate so early. He said, “I am serious. I want to know. I do not understand it.” Silence answered his beseech.

Since that event, several other Christians have expressed similar confusions including preaching pastors. Some redefine the meaning of verses “fear of the LORD” and “fear the LORD” like today’s BDBD; “The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom…,” or “Wisdom teaches the fear of the LORD…” The answer to the meaning in part lies in the second half; “…and humility comes before honor.” Apostle Peter was blunt while stating the same, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)

Accepting and taking responsibility for all my actions even those not in God’s will I fear the LORD’s wrath, humble myself, and ask for grace wanting not to sin anymore. I know full well that grace in Christ will come as does consequences for my foolish ways. Surely, I love God and know that he loves me. I know his love allows the consequences to come. So my response is to always fear the one that I also love and trust. Do not have spiritual pride.