Dr. Walter Olsen
Does worldly gain, such as wealth, power, and prestige, bring true peace and joy? For many, it would seem to for awhile. And yet, it is not a lasting blessing. Often, too, it is accompanied with woes such as worry, greed, broken relationships and a sense of loneliness. The truth is, all of the above have a time limitation on them! There is a better way! King Solomon said it well, “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred” (Prov. 15:16-17).
The blessings of God are far more significant than all the wealth of the world. To know the fear of God is to know the presence and blessing of God. The fear here is not a matter of being afraid of God, but of having a due respect for Him in response of who He is and all He has done for us. He gave His Son to die for our sins, and when we trust Him for our salvation we begin to have a proper respect and awe of Him. It is then that we begin to know the superiority of His blessings and to enter into the genuine joy and peace that only God can give.