He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
It doesn’t take long for someone to tell the difference between a good golf swing from a seriously flawed “attack” at the helpless golf ball. Our mothers taught us how to dress, how to sit with good posture, how to talk (or not to talk), and how to treat those of the opposite sex. The fear of the Lord results in the believer walking uprightly. We as followers of Christ have a sincere desire to glorify Him. We reflect our respect and fear of God by holy and godly conversation and action. Conversely, those who despise God go out of their way to act contrary to the teachings of the Bible or attempt to pervert the true gospel. In Psalms 111:10, we are taught “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” This “fear” is a healthy fear against the disobedience of God’s commandments as it makes us receptive to His knowledge and wisdom. We have a “reverent fear”, not merely to avoid any righteous retribution, but a sincere desire against displeasing Him. My prayer for today is for an increased desire for righteous and sanctified living. This type of living stands out in a perverse world and illustrates the difference and impact a Christ-centered life can have in our families and businesses.