Why Fear God? Because It Brings Joy | Proverbs Podcast Series

What better way to transform our lives in 2020 than by God's wisdom? In this 16-part podcast series titled "Wisdom is a Choice," we are examining every chapter of the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs. In our fifth podcast episode in the new series, we examine Proverbs 9–10. Behind these chapters is the big question, "Why fear God?" Some key verses from these chapters are:

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. ... The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing" (Proverbs 9:10–11; 10:27–28 NIV).

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Fearing God Brings Joy: Proverbs 9–10 Sermon

Why do we fear God? To answer this question imagine this: A long time ago, in a place not that different than our own, there were two women. These two women held opposite beliefs. Their convictions ran deep. Each woman did what she could to call the inhabitants of that place to follow her. One woman was named Wisdom; the other, Folly. Wisdom and Folly dueled for followers, day in and day out. They each claimed they could bring joy. They each spoke of the fears in life. Proverbs 9–10 is how they speak. This is their story, as told by God.

In this sermon, I examine Proverbs 9–10 to show that fearing God brings joy. This is why we fear God. This sermon was originally delivered on August 11, 2019 at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA.


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John Barry
John Barry


CEO and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. His new book is Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. It is widely endorsed by Christian leaders from around the world.