11 “Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have not been true to Me,
and have neither remembered Me nor taken this to heart?
Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear Me?
12 I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you!
The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away.
But whoever takes refuge in Me will inherit the land and possess My holy mountain.”
Today we have a few more verses from this chapter that are not so different from verses one and two yesterday. Today the Lord asks who do you so dread and fear such that you are not true to God? In addition, you no longer remember who God is nor take His word to heart.
Why is a valid question, after all both Psalms and Proverbs tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. Psalm 111:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
So what happens when we no longer fear the Lord or hold Him in awe (another interpretation of the word commonly translated as fear). We end up with a false sense of righteousness believing our works can please God, but Romans
10:10 tells us
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
Which is taken from Ecclesiastes 7:20
Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.
Instead any righteousness we have comes from Jesus when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Romans 5:17
So our false righteousness, nor our works or our idols (insurance, savings, fitness, etc) will save us. None of these, only Jesus and His righteousness can save us. Our only refuge, shelter, insurance is in our faith in Jesus and because of our faith, His Father will
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4
Knowing this, what have we to fear or dread? We may still want things, relationships, wealth, power, or anything else we might put before God, but do we need any of them when God has given us the Free Gift of Grace through His Son? No, we do not. That is a reality we need to deal with each and every day.