It is a phrase that holds so much meaning. Yet, many don’t understand the beauty behind it. Fear of the Lord is what a Christian does in order to serve God in all of His glory. Now, you may be thinking… I’m confused. Isn’t fear bad?
Doesn’t God himself say that He did not give us a spirit of fear?
Doesn’t God say hundreds of times in the bible to not fear?
My answer to you is yes, but the Bible is not contradicting itself. The fear of the Lord is not the fear that God wants to saves us from.
What Does it Mean to Fear God?
Are we really supposed to be scared of God? No, no and no. We are supposed to develop a healthy “fear” of God as we get to know Him deeper and deeper. Theosebia is the Greek term for the noun “fear of God.” It translates to the definition, reverence of the Lord. Reverence simply means deep respect. So, fear of God is the understanding of His sovereignty, His holiness, His power and His glory to the point of life-changing respect for God.
“Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.” (Psalms 112:1)
Fear of the Lord produces awe within us for His great creation, His unfathomable abilities, and His perfect plans. It also produces humility, which is something we must have in order for us to let go of control and give it up to Him. If we do not fear the Lord, we may possibly act like the god of our own lives. Trust me, we can’t do it like God does.
Why Do We Need to Fear God?
The fear of God or the reverence of God produces many benefits. The bible verses below are just a few of them!
“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.” (Psalms 31:19)
“How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You will surely eat what your hands have worked for. You will be happy, and it will go well for you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children, like young olive trees around your table. In this very way the man who fears the Lord will be blessed.” (Psalms 128:1-4)
“The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” (Proverbs 19:23)
Overall conclusion: Fear of the Lord -> Loving God -> Obeying God -> Living for God -> Going through life with a joy that only God can provide
Believing in God’s power and obeying God’s word leads to a life without fear. It leads to a life where we act upon that still small voice and we are able to follow through with the convictions we feel from the Holy Spirit. It leads to a better us. Fearing God allows Him to shape us into the person we are designed to be.
What if We Don’t Fear God?
“Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.” (Proverbs 28:14)
If we do not fear God, we do not respect God and we do not trust God. So we harden our hearts against Him and as Proverbs 28:14 says, we will fall into trouble. This trouble is not something that God implements, it is trouble that follows our own selfish and sinful desires.
Though Jesus has already conquered death and saved us from our sins. Sin still exists here on earth. Even though, if you are saved, sin does not lead to eternal death. It does lead to turmoil in our lives and the lives of others around you. Not having fear of God leads to pain, hurt, brokenness, and darkness.
So, this healthy fear or reverence is what causes us to know God, love God, praise God and serve God. Fear of God leads to life.
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