In the Fear of the Lord There is Strong Confidence (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

The following is an excerpt from the book, My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs.

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge” (14:26). We have already noticed that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” and “wisdom” (1:7; 9:10). As one fears God, grows in knowledge, and gains wisdom, he is able to have “strong confidence” – not in himself, but in God and the divine promises to those who are faithful to Him. This is not arrogance, as some who are over confident in themselves, but rather is the recognition that if one humbly submits to the will of God, he will be rewarded. Furthermore, when one is faithful to God, he will not have a guilty conscience over some hidden sin. He will not be fearfully awaiting the negative consequences that come from wickedness, not knowing when his evil deeds will finally catch up with him. Solomon later writes, “The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion” (28:1). With firm reliance upon God and His promises and providence, the righteous are able to be confident in the face of any situation. The wicked have no such foundation. Therefore, any time there is even the threat of trouble, the wicked man has no one to trust in but himself.

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