Our verse to DATE the Word on October 27 (10/27) is Proverbs 10:27. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.”
FIGHTING the good fight BY FAITH, NOT FEAR! From the very beginning of Proverbs to the very end, one of the central themes is the FEAR OF THE LORD. The fear of the Lord is taught as the way to experience a blessed life here on earth. Occasionally it is contrasted with the fool or with the wicked as it is here in Proverbs 10:27. Most of the time we find the BENEFITS that come from having a right relationship with God in which He is acknowledged as God and one stands in AWE of Him offering adoration and obedience. Here the one who fears the Lord receives prolonged days. The idea is they GET MORE OUT OF THE 24 hours. While the wicked are in constant fear of being caught for something they did and having to cover things up, they are missing out on life. Those living right with God will not have perfect lives but they will not be reaping the consequences of wickedness. The lifestyle of the wicked may be pleasurable and profitable for a time, for a moment, but it is only for a short time. God’s Word appeals to us to choose to FEAR THE LORD, choosing to fear Him as if our very life depended on it, because it does.