A Fountain of Life

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:27

As a history teacher, I know that Ponce de Leon spent years around Florida searching for the fabled “Fountain of Youth.”  He didn’t find it.  Half of the advertising you see deals with some sort of a “fountain of youth;”  as in, “look ten years younger,” etc…  This verse speaks not exactly of a fountain of youth, but it speaks of a “fountain of life.”  If there were a literal “fountain of life” somewhere in the world, imagine what people would do to get to it and drink from it.  They would sacrifice anything they needed to in order to take a sip from this fountain of life.  Well, here is a fountain of life.  The only catch is that you can’t literally drink from it.

The fountain of life is the fear of the Lord!  One may ask how a fountain of life is dependent on fear.  This is no ordinary fear; it is the fear of the Lord.  And that fear of the Lord is so important that Proverbs 9:10 tells us that it is “the beginning of wisdom.”  And, speaking of a “fountain of life,” Proverbs 10:27 says that “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days…”  There is that “fountain of life” again!  But, to return to the question of how fear produces life, let us look at the end of the verse:

“…to depart from the snares of death.”  The fear of the Lord will cause us to depart from the snares of death.  A proper fear of the Lord will help us to avoid becoming tangled in sin.  The Bible tells us that “the wages of sin is death.”  Avoiding that death that sin brings is simple: “the fear of the Lord.”  Fear Him.  Flee sin.  And drink from that fountain of life!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I like the simple part at the end. 🙂 Fear Him. Flee sin. Yep, that will do the job. Thanks Ben, and God bless you!


  2. Thanks, Ben 🙂

    “Fear Him. Flee Sin” sounds like a campaign slogan. 🙂 That’s a nice way to get the Word out!!

    Thanks again for sharing another nugget.



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