People viewing Niagara Falls appreciate the railing around the ledges, don’t they? It’s instinctive to withdraw from an unprotected cliff edge. Is this fear necessary?
Certainly it is, it serves as a protection.
So, too, with fear of God, we fear to displease him which promotes spiritual health.
There are many dangers in modern society that aren’t readily apparent. Young children will instinctively draw back from the cliff edge, but may well wander into the middle of traffic.
Thus, some cautious behavior must be learned or acquired. Parents wisely instill such caution in their children early on.
Spiritual dangers too aren’t always readily apparent. Spiritual caution must be learned and wise Christians inculcate that into their children as well.
In a similar way, Jehovah is constantly reminding us of the dangers we face every day. This is done through his Word the Bible and his organization.
How Many Horses Do You Have?
An Indian asked a bank for a $500 loan.
“What security do you have?” the banker inquired.
“Got 200 horses.” That seemed satisfactory, so the banker granted the loan.
Two months later, the Indian returned to the bank, took out a fat roll of bills, counted out $500 plus interest and turned to leave.
“Say,” the banker remarked “you’ve got quite a bit of cash there. Why don’t you let us take care of the rest of that for you?”
The Indian replied, “How many horses you got?”
The sure way to be cheated is to think one’s self more cunning than others. — François de La Rochefoucauld