Friday, October 28, 2011

A Woman Who Fears the Lord

Today is a big day for me, an anniversary of sorts.  Ten years ago today on October 28, 2001, I made a choice, one that I have never regretted. And God has blessed that decision immeasurably more than I could ever imagine. Here's just one example of the blessings God has showered upon me:

One of the questions I often contemplate as I try to walk with God is this: what does it really mean to "fear" the Lord? As He is our heavenly father, I can't imagine he wants us to be literally afraid of him, trembling in our boots, and unable to voice our thoughts, concerns, and thanks because we are afraid He's going to reach down from heaven and smoosh us. No, its not that kind of fear, is it?

Psalm 34:4-14 really describes what it means to fear the Lord. To fear Him means to Trust and Obey. Those that trust God are radiant, their faces reflecting his love and grace. I think of some of my best friends, women who were examples to me in college on what it meant to trust Him with their futures. I think of the women who have taught me how to be a friend, a girlfriend, a wife, and are now teaching me how to be a mother. Yet more blessings! And what can be sweeter than the special fellowship of a friend?

I am an eternal student, and feel like I will be in college forever (even though it is only two more years until I finish my J.D.). But despite the classes and degrees I seek here on earth, how much more are we called to always be studying and growing in our faith?

Psalm 37 gives us the Trust and Obey Checklist:
  • Do not fear
  • Delight yourself in the Lord
  • Commit your way to the Lord
  • Be still and wait (have patience)
  • Refrain from anger
  • Be meek and humble
  • Give generously (and pay back debts)
  • Turn away from evil and do good
  • Speak wisdom and know the Word
  • Take refuge in God through prayer
1 Peter 3:8-12 adds a few more bullets to that list:
  • Live in harmony with others
  • Be sympathetic, compassionate, and loving
  • Repay evil with goodness
Again we see in the last chapter of Proverbs that, "A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" (Proverbs 31:31), such a short simple phrase, but it packs so much into it. There are so many nuances there, many dimensions of what it means to trust and obey, I'm sure that a whole lifetime can be spent on just this one study. Talk about being an eternal student!

I'm participating in a 31 Day Challenge to Change my World.
What am I doing for 31 Days?
Spending it with the Proverbs 31 Woman.
If you'd like to read all of my 31 Days with Prov. 31 please click here.

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