If you’re like me, you want to be wise and avoid making foolish mistakes as much as possible. To do this, we need to remember that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is literally the starting point to living well.
The fear of the Lord is a beautiful thing. It causes us to run to God, not away from Him.
If you want to live in God’s favor:
1. Live in radical obedience to Him. Whatever He asks, decide to obey Him.
These days there is such an emphasis on doing whatever makes you “happy.” This is worldly wisdom and is complete foolishness. Living for momentary pleasure outside of God’s ways is a recipe for disaster, not peace and hope.
If Jesus is your Lord, you must say “yes” to whatever He asks you to do. Saying “No, Lord” is an oxymoron.
2. Put your hope in God’s love for you.
Ask Him to tell you how much He loves you, then live in that reality. If you feel like you don’t hear an answer, remember that He showed His love for you by sending Jesus to die for you. There truly is no greater love.
Pursue God’s favor over your life, just like Jesus grew in favor with God. When God is for you, no man can be against you.
The Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.
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