For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the Lord (Prov. 1: 29, NLT).
Choosing to fear the Lord is a decision. The fear of the Lord is meant to acknowledge His supreme wisdom and to reverence His wisdom as being superior to our own. Both choices are decision-based.
In choosing not to fear or reverence the Lord, we denies the possibility of consequences for wrong choices which are of our making. We choose not to fear because we have weighed out the consequences and decided that any delay in consequences does not have some impact on the outcome of the choice we made. Too often we think that in not choosing to fear the Lord, the consequences will be overlooked. Scripture does remind us that “the eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chr. 16: 9a). Our decision not the fear the Lord and reverence God’s ways is built on faulty premises which lead to erroneous conclusions. Sadly, we commit to our own way and hope or don’t care if the Lord follows us or not.
God does make this promise if we choose to seek the way the Lord would have things to be done. “But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm (Prov. 1: 33). The All-Knowing God makes this promise that we would live untroubled by the fear of harm if we would listen. You must spend time with the Creator and get the Creator’s perspective on things. Then we would not live in fear. So what choice will you make today?