WHO THEN, IS THE MAN THAT FEARS THE LORD? HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM IN THE WAY CHOSEN FOR HIM. HE WILL SPEND HIS DAYS IN PROSPERITY AND HIS DESCENDANTS WILL INHERIT THE LAND. THE LORD CONFIDES IN THOSE WHO FEAR HIM; HE MAKES HIS COVENANT KNOWN TO THEM. MY EYES ARE EVER ON THE LORD, FOR ONLY HE WILL RELEASE MY FEET FROM THE SNARE. PSALMS 25:12-15
This scripture above, is such a beautiful promise, from God concerning “The Fear of God.” So I claim it, as I do all of his promises.
In talking about the “Fear of the Lord.” Throughout many conversations, I have heard and also participated in, I have heard many view points. Some will say, “Well I do not fear God, but I respect him.” Or some might say, “I have great reverence for him. But fear him, no, he is too good to me, I love him, I am not afraid of God.” Or someone just might say, “Why should I fear God? I don’t even believe in him”….
Wow, just because you don’t believe in God, does not mean He does not exist. And I know he does….but for those other comments, well, all I can say, is thats between you and God, but I am careful in this.
For the record, I will just say….I FEAR GOD!
And this is why….There are many scriptures, that talk about fearing God. And each one, for its reasons, uses the word fear. So, lets analyze it.
Fear according to the dictionary –
fear |fi(ə)r|nounan unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat : drivers are threatening to quit their jobs in fear after a cabby’s murder | fear of increasing unemployment | he is prey to irrational fears.• archaic a mixed feeling of dread and reverence : the love and fear of God.• ( fear for) a feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or the safety and well-being of someone : police launched a search for the family amid fears for their safety.• the likelihood of something unwelcome happening : she could observe the other guests without too much fear of attracting attention.
Key words here, something or someone who is dangerous. God has throughout the Bible, shown his power, and that he is able to control, events, or situations. Why would you not fear someone who has that power? Think about it… He controls the weather. Just as one example, but would it not be wise, to know, because of that, he can protect you from the elements? Protect you even from lightning? Or tornadoes, or whatever. But just knowing He is God, actually does put the fear of God in me….to watch myself.
So here are a few reasons why I fear God.
1. He is not mocked. And when someone does not “fear” God, I believe, they could be in some shaky territory. I dread, the consequences of sin, because, I know, we reap what we sow. But this scripture, from Galatians 6:7-9 explains it:
DO NOT BE DECEIVED: GOD CANNOT BE MOCKED. A MAN REAPS WHAT HE SOWS. THE ONE WHO SOWS TO PLEASE HIS SINFUL NATURE, FROM THAT NATURE WILL REAP DESTRUCTION THE ONE WHO SOWS TO PLEASE THE SPIRIT, FROM THE SPIRIT, WILL REAP ETERNAL LIFE.
2. It is a Commandment:
THOU SHALT FEAR THE LORD THY GOD AND SERVE HIM….
3. I seek wisdom, and understanding:
THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM: AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY IS UNDERSTANDING.
4. I hate evil:
THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS TO HATE EVIL: PRIDE, AND ARROGANCY, AND THE EVIL WAY, AND THE FROWARD MOUTH, DO I HATE.
5. I long for life, sweet life, that comes from what Christ did, because he comes to give life abundantly. But the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD TENDETH TO LIFE: AND HE THAT HATH IT , SHALL ABIDE SATISFIED: HE SHALL NOT BE VISITED WITH EVIL.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS A FOUNTAIN OF LIFE, TURNING A MAN FROM THE SNARES OF DEATH.
6. I am so grateful that by fearing God HE does teach me personally:
COME MY CHILDREN, LISTEN TO ME, I WILL TEACH YOU THE FEAR OF THE LORD.
7. I fear God, because the consequences are forever…
I KNOW THAT, WHOSOEVER GOD DOETH, IT SHALL BE FOREVER; NOTHING CAN BE PUT TO IT, NOR ANYTHING TAKEN FROM IT: AND GOD DOES IT, THAT MEN SHOULD FEAR BEFORE HIM.
And these are just some scriptures, that substantiate, “My Fear of God.” But to just say it in simple terms, as well, to me, in having a fear of God…. It, is healthy. Truly healthy, for spirit, soul, body, and mind. It keeps me in check. It keeps me in a place, where I will not depart from his ways, and sin. It keeps me safe, from worldly views. It keeps me, longing, more and more, to be in his good grace. I know, that my life, is in his hands. I don’t gamble on that. I fear God. In doing so, it gives me confidence, to know, He can take care of me. He can protect me. He can provide for me, and so much more. You see, God, is not like us. In the sense, that we look at things sometimes intellectually, but He is supernatural. His ways are not our ways. There is none like him. No one…He is the great creator, of heaven and earth. And I think it is just foolish, to not see, his power. Or to not see, his plan. Thats why knowing, and reading the word of God, gives you insight, as to who He is. Yes, I do fear God, and I want to please him, because I love him. I love him, because he sent his son, to die for my sins. To spare me the wrath of hell. I am so grateful. So yes, I fear God.
Just My Thoughts….With love, in Christ, Elena Ramirez
LET US HEAR THE CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER: FEAR GOD, AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: FOR THIS IS THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN. FOR GOD SHALL BRING EVERY WORK INTO JUDGEMENT, WITH EVERY SECRET THING, WHETHER IT BE GOOD, OR WHETHER IT BE EVIL.
My Prayer of Hope….
Lord, I love you, I praise you, and yes, I do fear you, seeking to please you. Seeking to do your will. Lord, the fear of you is just something, I have because you are God, and there is no one like you. You control everything in my life, and I do not take anything to chance. I trust you. But in that fear, I strive to obey you. Thank you Lord, I pray this will just bring more understanding. To know, truly the fear of you, is the beginning of wisdom….In Jesus name, Amen
This is a Prayer of Hope, I wrote a few years ago….concerning “The fear of the Lord.”
I pray it blesses you.
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