Good Morning, Friend and Fellow Life Warrior!  Thank you once again for joining me!  It has been my prayer that you are gaining insight for your life through this daily time spent in the book of Proverbs and through the prayerful application of the wisdom found there.

We have spent the last 10 days going through some of the individual attributes found in the life of the woman that the author chose to give as an example of a life lived with wisdomin Proverbs 31, but just for today, I would like to return to our original format of reading the chapter that corresponds to the date of the day.  Today, we are reading through chapter 20 in search of wisdom which we can apply to our lives:

“The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.”  Proverbs 20:2

As I read this verse this morning, it occurred to me that through this study we have mentioned several times that wisdom begins with “fear of the Lord”, meaning to value what God values and to reject what God rejects.  But have we talked about “fear of the Lord” in the sense of having an actual awe-inspiring respect for what will happen if we don’t choose to found our lives on the “fear of the Lord”?  We’ve talked about “fear of the Lord” including making Jesus Christ our personal Lord; accepting salvation through the confession and repentance of sin, asking forgiveness and then receiving His presence into our hearts and lives, with the resulting gift of eternal life.  But have we talked about the alternative?

Matt. 25:46 says at the culmination of Jesus’ teaching on what will happen at the end of the ages; “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  In verse 41 of this passage this eternal judgment is described: “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.”  While some preachers of the gospel have been accused with “threatening” or trying to “scare” people into salvation through presenting the direness  and the reality of the destination of hell for the unrepentant and still others have been seen as making a confession of faith into a sort of “insurance” against that eventuality, this alternative still bears looking at.  In fact not only the eternal consequences, but the consequences for living our earthly lives without putting faith in Christ and making Him Lord are constantly spelled out throughout the book of Proverbs.

The tendency sometimes can be to skim over the warnings to those who are choosing foolish living over wise living that are included in this book.  We can many times even ignore the fact that through not choosing to seek out and follow through with wisdom, by defaultwe are choosing foolishness.  The many consequences in this life and the ultimate consequence of the eternal destination of our souls is at stake both through our choices and even through our attempts to ignore that we have those choices.  What will you choose today, Friend?  This not an attempt at a deep theology lesson today, just a reminder that our choices have consequences and the first choice we make in search of wisdom is the one to “fear the Lord”.

My Response Today:  Thank you, Heavenly Father, for this reminder that my choices have consequences.  Even though I have chosen to follow you through faith in Jesus Christ, my decisions every day have consequences.  I ask for your help to not take that knowledge lightly today.

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