The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7 NKJV
Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. When I was a teenager, my friend, Todd, and I decided to start our own small business: selling glass insulators from communication lines. We got the idea from observing my mom making them into candleholders. We figured we could fetch a dollar apiece and make some serious cash as entrepreneurs. But where to get a supply of insulators?
Well, we took note that the communication lines of a nearby railroad had 10-12 insulators for every pole. So we looked this way and that, and, seeing no one, we shinnied up multiple poles and removed about fifty of them. Then we called on my mom to be our first customer. When she asked how we got them, we concocted a lie.
The next week my mom, a tax preparer, happened to have the depot manager in her office, and he happened to mention that some of his communication poles were missing their insulators, and the lines were swaying in the wind. Thus were we busted! While Mr. Hinchberger didn’t press charges, we did learn a lesson as we had to return the insulators to his doorstep.
I would’ve been much better off if I had lived in the fear of the Lord—as if God was sitting on my shoulder! If Mr. Hinchberger would’ve been there at the railroad tracks, I’d never have climbed the poles and removed the insulators. But God was there—I just ignored Him! Friend, live in the “fear of the Lord,” as though God sees you—which He does (Genesis 16:13: “Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are a God who sees.’”). Live as though God is sitting on your shoulder. Tomorrow I’ll share how to really activate that habit.
Cottonwood Community Church
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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