Today’s reading is Proverbs 14-15.

“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.”
Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the Lord is not a popular topic. Many believe it is a terrible motivator. The proverbialist thought otherwise. He saw the fear of the Lord as a fountain of life, which one might say produces the river of life. If the springs of our life come forth from our heart, then a healthy dose of the fear of the Lord in our heart will make sure that what springs forth is the fountain of life. Of course, this isn’t talking about the abject terror of facing a fickle God from whom you never know what to expect. This is the healthy reverence for the God whose word of judgment you know and believe. One of the reasons we can love the Lord is because we know exactly what we need to fear about God and what we don’t. Nevertheless, capitalize on a healthy reverence, awe, and fear of God in order to have life spring forth from your heart.

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 16-17.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, whoever is slow to anger has great understanding (Proverbs 14:29). Do you have a temper? Do you throw tantrums when things don’t go your way? I encourage you to work on that right now. Don’t think that is something that will just go away as you get older. Sadly, many kids carry their temper with them into adulthood and that is just foolish. Ask your parents to help you figure out better ways to express your emotions and to deal with anger when it arises. Throwing a fit is never a good choice and can have terrible consequences as you get older. Start working on your wisdom even now by working on your temper.

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