May 28 | The Fear of the Lord

Today’s Reading:

Read Proverbs 1:1-19; 2:1-15; 3:1-35; 4:1-27

Is there something that you are afraid of?  I don’t like frogs!  I am definitely scared of them, even though I know I shouldn’t be!  In our reading today, we read a lot about the “fear of the Lord.”  Do you think that means we are supposed to be afraid of God?  Spend some time talking about that with your family. 

The answer is NO!  We don’t have to be afraid of God – not like we might be afraid of the dark or of spiders or snakes!  Instead, having the fear of the Lord means we should have respect or an understanding of his might and his power.  We should not forget how powerful He is and we should approach him with that respect when we talk to Him or when we talk about Him. 

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  The entire book of Proverbs is full of wisdom!  Do you remember what we said wisdom is?  Remember it’s not just about being smart, it’s about being able to make the right decisions with the information you have.  Isn’t it interesting that it starts out reminding us that understanding who God is and having respect for his power and might is the beginning of knowing what He wants us to know?  


What is something that you know God can do that no one else canSpend some time today talking about God’s powerThank God that He is powerful and mighty and that He is like none other!

May Memory Verse:

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

May Memory Verse

May memory verse song

May memory verse coloring sheet

May Fill-in the blank activity

May Prayer Calendar