Proverbs 15:16-17 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
These two proverbs speak to the same thing. The incomparable worth of the fear of the LORD and love surpass great treasure and good food. Implicit in the reference is that trouble comes from a failure to fear The Lord. In the same way, it’s better to eat a meal of vegetables shared with someone who loves you, than to eat good food with someone who hates you. So why is the fear of God so important?
Elsewhere the proverb says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Pro9:10) “for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.” (Pro8:11) Wisdom is a most valuable thing, but what is it exactly? Wisdom has been called right living. The following proverb forms a parallel structure where one thing is repeated twice using two different wordings to draw out its full meanings. “I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.” (Pro 4:11). The “way of wisdom” is the “paths of righteousness”. Wisdom speaks saying “ I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.” (Proverbs 8:20-21)
So how do we get this righteousness? No one is righteous (Romans 3:10). This means that none naturally can approach God. The reason is simple, we have all disobeyed God’s law (Romans 3:23). We cannot get righteousness after being unrighteous by now doing the law, because later good deeds don’t undo past bad deeds. The way to get righteousness is made available as a generous free gift with eternal life (Romans 6:23). By Jesus’ death on the cross, God demonstrates his love towards us (Romans 5:10). You can receive it today. Consider the following verse and find out more here.
Romans 5:18-19 “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”
Romans 8:3-4 “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”