One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Proverbs 14-15
“Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.” ~Proverbs 14:27
I bet this Proverb stood out like a blinding light to the Gospel writer John who often equated Jesus to life.
To “fear” the Lord is to respect the Lord, to honor the Lord, and to recognize him as the Good Father who deeply cares for us his beloved children. That’s the type of fear, awe, and admiration we are talking about here.
Water, lakes, and seas where often viewed as chaotic, yet a “fountain” controls the chaos of water. Jesus too controls the perceived chaos of our world, and we see this on full display in John 6 when he walks on water. Fear of the Lord makes sense of our chaotic world the way a fountain controls the chaos of water.
An aqueduct brings life-giving water to a city, and an aquifer provides water for farming. Jesus too used water to provide life for a wedding in John 2 when he transformed used hand-washing water into the best wine. When we recognize the reality of God as the Good Father and ourselves as his beloved, we are transformed into the best life-giving versions of ourselves.
Jesus makes sense of the chaos in our lives, and he transforms us into “life-giving fountains.” This is the full life Jesus offers!
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?
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