What Does Fearing God Mean? Why Should we Fear God? - Guest Post by Jamie Bird

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. - Proverbs 9:10

Last week, a lengthy power outage made me question my basic survival skills. I felt useless. I was reminded that I am practically incapable of any usual daily activities without electricity!! Thankfully, we had a generator to power our well pump, fridge, and other necessities. The whole experience made me appreciate the luxury I have become so accustomed to using each day - electricity. Since many neighborhoods in my city were also without power, the outage was a basically a continual conversation wherever I went. Everyone was talking about how long they were without power. We all wanted air-conditioning. And each household hoped that their grid would be the next to be restored.

Electricity is an absolute necessity in our society. Every single person that I know appreciates and understands the value of electricity. (And that even includes my Amish friends!) It is welcomed into our homes and regarded as a priority among our bills. But we also fear it. We know what electricity can do if we are careless. We use caution and teach our children how to use it properly (and not stick utensils into power outlets!!)