The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord. God reminds us to trust and love him in humility. Our thirst for the Divine is life-giving. As we draw close to God we discover a fortress of safety, an island of peace, a center in our spiritual universe.
1 Samuel 12:24 But you must fear the Lord and worship him faithfully with your whole heart; keep in mind the great things he has done among you.
2 Chronicles 19:9 You shall act faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the Lord.
Psalm 86:11 Teach me, O Lord, your way that I may walk in your truth; direct my heart that it may fear your name.
Sirach 2:17 Those who fear the Lord prepare their hearts and humble themselves before him.
Philippians 4:6–7 Dismiss all anxiety from your minds. Present your needs to God in every form of prayer and in petitions full of gratitude. Then God’s own peace, which is beyond all understanding, will stand guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.