“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.” (Proverbs 15:33, NKJV)
Solomon has much to say about the fear of the LORD. It is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom and the hatred of evil. But how do we obtain it? We must receive the instruction of wisdom. We must be willing to come into the light as God is in the light. If we have sinned, then we must confess our sins and turn from them. If we are shown a better way, then we must be willing to take it. In a word, we must be teachable. But if we are unwilling to receive instruction, then we are foolish.
Another characteristic of those who fear God is humility. We see this demonstrated in Christ who emptied Himself and took the form of a servant. He humbled Himself to the point of dying on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted Him (Philippians 2:5-11). We must imitate His example if we would please God and receive honor.
“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6, NKJV)