The phrase, “is a fountain of life” is seen two times in the book of Proverbs.
The word fountain means “source.”
Therefore, when Solomon writes, under the inspiration of God, he is telling those that are living for God that there is a source of life from which a righteous man or woman can benefit, but there are two conditions.
Proverbs 13:14, “The law of the wise is a fountain of life…”
The word “law” here has to do with principles or rules by which the wise (righteous) govern themselves.
In order to benefit from this source of life, a righteous man or lady must…LIVE BY BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES.
Throughout Scripture the LORD continually instructs His children that they are to follow the Word of God. It also tells us that when man’s principles or rules come in conflict with Gods that “we ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)
Proverbs 14:27, “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life…”
This is not a cowering fear of fright. The fear that the LORD demands is different than the fear the devil imposes.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD…
– Is Clean (Psalm 29:9) meaning unmixed, or pure
– The beginning of wisdom (Psalm 11:10) (Proverbs 9:10)
– The beginning of knowledge (Prov. 1:7) knowledge having to do with understanding; discernment
– Is to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13) and in this verse it shows that the evil he speaks of is “pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth,”
– Prolongeth days (Proverbs 10:27)
– Is strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26)
– Is the instruction of wisdom (15:33)
– By it men depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6)
– Tendeth to life (Proverbs 19:23)
– The fear of the Lord coupled with humility result in riches, honor, and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
The “fear of the Lord” is far more than this, but to put it simply, is to realize that God can do what He said He can do, He will do what He says He will do, and it is a respect for His Sovereignty and a realization that HE IS EVERYTHING the believer will ever need, and it is only by and through Him that we are able to be what He expects and commands us to be.
How does one obtain this “fear of the Lord” which “is a fountain of life?”
The proper “fear of the LORD” comes as believers live life with a PROPER BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE of Who HE is.
This Fountain (Source) of Life Comes when we:
1. Live by Biblical PRINCIPLES (Proverbs 13:14)
2. Live with a Biblical PERSPECTIVE of God (Proverbs 14:27)
The last phase of both verses is “…to depart from the snares of death.”
The word snares has to do with “traps, bait, or lures.”
How true it is that the devil and his wicked army seek to lay snares, traps, bait, and lures in the path of the righteous so that they fear a situation. In so doing the devil distracts the righteous and causes the people of God to not properly fear the LORD.
The devil seeks to hinder the righteous by putting things, people, and situations in the path of believers that cause them to stop living by BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES thereby abandoning the truths of God’s word in an effort to humanly rationalize what in the world is going on.
The devil also seeks to taint the believers view of God by setting traps, snares, and lures in front of Christians causing us to stop viewing God through the lens of Scripture and therefore causing us to not have a proper BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE of Who He is, and as a result, we fail to realize and remember that GOD has power enough to see us through any crisis with which we may be faced.
The word death in these verses is defined as “deadly diseases, dying, epidemic or plague.”
This is very fitting considering the times that we are facing as a world today.
The “law of the wise” and the “fear of the LORD” is a fountain, or SOURCE, of life. How wonderful the thought! How wonderful the truth!
The word “life” means “lifespan; JOY of life; maintenance.”
When a believer is LIVING BY BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES and LIVING WITH A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE of Who God is they will find the benefits of the fountain (source) of life.
By actively living by biblical PRINCIPLES and with a biblical PERSPECTIVE we will find that our life will have joy, and that the spiritual maintenance that every Christian needs to have done in their life is accomplished by the LORD.
Seeking joy today? Live by the BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES laid out by God and you will find that it is a “fountain of life.”
Do you need some spiritual maintenance today? Get in your Bible and view God with a proper BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE and you will find that it is a “fountain of life.”
Everything we face as a world can be remedied by GOD above at any moment He chooses.
We know that, but do we really believe it? May we not allow the news, uncertainties, and fear-mongers to cause us to miss out on this “fountain of life” today. Get in the Bible and discover God’s principles. Get in the Bible and you will begin to view GOD through the lens of Scripture, and you will discover that you see Him like you never have before; or maybe like you haven’t seen Him in a long-time.