Divorce is not a Dirty Word
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7
I don't know about you, but growing up I heard more about "fearing" the Lord than respecting Him. I felt that everywhere I went God's focus was on each and every little thing I did wrong. The thought of His loving me and protecting me never entered my mind.
The "fear" Solomon is describing in this verse is "reverence." It is best to always "acknowledge" Him, to think about what pleases Him. To "fear" God, in the way I was taught, puts Him light years beyond my grasp. Yet, when I think about honoring Him, or pleasing Him, I find a deeper sense of peace and respect.
God wants a full, complete relationship with you. It isn't His will that you walk around worrying about doing something wrong. He wants you reaching up to Him and out to others and believe me, you can't do that when you are walking in fear.
It is a good and wise thing to have a deep desire to please God, but don't get caught in the trap that you have to earn His love. His love, His mercy, and His "unmerited favor" are there in quantities we cannot truly understand. Try going through this day with the thought that He is surrounding you with a cloud of love, because He is.
The consequences of our wrong choices are the only discipline the Lord gives us. We bring things on ourselves. Life happens, but God provides a cushion of support. Don't "fear" Him today; "revere" Him.
Father, the word relationship is not a good word for me right now, but I do want a more intimate relationship with You. Because I know who You are I will trust our relationship right now. Please heal this area in my mind and in my spirit. Teach me what a relationship with You really is. I give You all I know to give You and trust that You will be pleased with my progress.