Live As Though God... - 2

Posted by Tom Dunham on

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  – Proverbs 1:7 NKJV

Live as though God is sitting on your shoulder. Clever concept, don’t you think? To live in “the fear of the Lord” is to live as though “God sees me” (Genesis 16:13). It is the continual awareness that I am in the presence of a holy, just, and almighty God, and that every thought, word, and deed is open before Him.

But in reality, I often live as though He doesn’t see me. I demonstrate that when any thought, word, or action doesn’t conform to His righteous standards. So what should I do? I could just keep repeating over and over to myself: “God is sitting on my shoulder.”

Better yet would be to memorize and meditate on God’s word—to hide it in my heart. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Someday God is going to write His laws in our minds and hearts (Hebrews 8:10-12), after which we’ll consistently live righteously. But we can get a head start by memorizing Scripture now and letting it work its “magic.” Here’s an example from my life.

As I headed out the door in a hurry to get to work, I noticed that both the food and water dish for our dog were empty. I thought to myself, “Jean will be home soon and can feed and water Holly.” But then Proverbs 12:10 came to mind: A righteous man regards the life of his animal. I stopped, turned around, and gave food and water to my animal.

Memorizing Scripture helps activate and supercharge the fear of the Lord. By meditating on the Bible I am more apt to live as though God is sitting on my shoulder!

Submitted by:
Tom Dunham
Cottonwood Community Church
Grand Forks, North Dakota

One-Year Bible Reading
Genesis 13:5-15:21
Matthew 5:27-48
Psalm 6:1-10
Proverbs 1:29-33

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