John L Fisk
Proverbs states that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). I have sat through many attempts to change the word fear into reverence. I began to wonder why the Bible’s translation to English used the word fear. It is used scores of times in reference to Yahweh but the word reverence is used but once. In that one context reverence is used, fear is used also (Hebrews 12:28). Fear is fear. It causes knees to go weak and eyes to be covered. Fear is the substance that caused Isaiah to say, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5) It was present in John when fell at His feet as dead (Revelation 1:17). Fear of Yahweh is the matter that caused prophet, priests and kings to fall before Him. The lack of the fear of Yahweh has caused men, families, cities and countries to be ground into the dust of history.
Fear is the beginning of wisdom and thus the first step on the road to becoming wise. It is the meaning of the line in Amazing Grace which says, “’twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace that fear released” Fear of the LORD is truly the beginning of wisdom. The converse is to lose the fear of Yahweh. It is the first step towards folly. Yes, it is the first step to become foolish.
There are indicators, bellwethers that can be read when a person or nation lacks the fear of Yahweh. These indicators cause some to distance themselves from an individual for fear of the fall-out, but what do you do about a nation? What do you do about a nation that you, who fear God, are a citizen? You, as a child of God know when the wrath of God is about to fall. I feel that Yahweh’s wrath is about to fall on the United States. The nation is pretending that God is. They have gone beyond the lack of fear of Yahweh to contempt for Yahweh. The leadership in this nation is trying to embrace the god of Islam as if he is God. The embracing of another god is the last action that an adulterous nation takes before the fall of that nation. This is the last sin against God in the long line of national sins this country has codified into law. These sins started in the 1950’s when churches were silenced in the political forum. In the 1960’s prayers were removed from schools, in the 1970’s women were given the right to sacrifice their babies to the god of humanism. Now, Yahweh is being asked to move aside so that the god of Islam can be established as a god greater than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As Tomas Jefferson said, “I quake for this nation when I consider God is Just.” I fear His Justice may be executed on this nation and that right soon.
As Abraham pleaded with Yahweh over the destruction of a city, he asked would you spare it for ten righteous. The answer was, “Yes, for ten righteous I will spare it.” Truth is for one righteous He would spare it. He removed all that was righteous in the city before His wrath was poured out on Sodom and Gomorrah. (Genesis 18:23-33) Such is His faithfulness. Pray that He will reveal His Salvation and that right soon.