1 Peter 3:8 says, “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.” In verses 10-12 Peter quoted from Psalm 34:12-16. Verse 11 says, “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”
Last night the Holy Spirit pointed out to me that the path of blessing is the fruit of fearing the Lord. We know from several verses in Proverbs that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Do we ever need wisdom! The tribe of Issachar was exemplary in this. 1 Chronicles 12:32 says, “Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”
Isaiah 33:6 says, “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; the fear of the Lord is His treasure.” Is the fear of the Lord your treasure? Matthew 6:20-21 says, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The fear of the Lord is to revere, honor, esteem, glorify, and worship Him alone. When He is our central focus, the things of this world fade. As we gaze upon Him, we are changed. Our character reflects His. Walking in the fear of the Lord is an essential part of our progressive sanctification.
1 Peter 3:10-11 described the path for blessing as we walk in the fear of the Lord. It says, “…let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” Another verse that goes with this is Titus 3:2. It says, “To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” How do you measure up?
Psalm 25:14 in the Amplified is one of my favorites. It says, “The secret (of the sweet, satisfying companionship) of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its (deep, inner) meaning.” This is what I want. Only the Lord can reveal the hidden truths from His word. The Holy Spirit does this as we daily read to observe what He is saying to us in that moment of our lives. Then He empowers us to put it into practice.
However, hidden sins block our fellowship with the Lord. Therefore they block our understanding because we are deceived. Sin is a departure from God. Hebrews 3:12 says, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.” Verse 13 says, “…lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
We are called to be a blessing. The path of obedience is strewn with grace and blessing. It looks like John 1:16. The Amplified says, “For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received (all had a share and were all supplied with) one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift (heaped) upon gift.”