“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” – Psalm 111:10a
When we talk about the fear of the Lord, we do not refer to phobia, the fear that comes from outside us because of an evil done. Rather, we refer to the inner state of having a reverential trust in the Lord; an honour to the Lord which humbles us as human beings in the presence of a loving Father, with a total hatred for sin and evil, born out of a contrite heart.
Today, many fear man and not God. We may have respect for man, we are not asked to fear man. God gave Job a passmark in that he respected his friends (Job 12:1-3) but he feared God.
“And the LORD said to Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shunneth evil?” (Job 1:8).
We are also enjoined by the bible, not to fear death, sickness, trials and challenges, or anyother thing that has no power to kill the soul.
“And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28).
When we fear God, we will:
(A) HATE EVIL.
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13).
(B) HAVE WISDOM.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” (Psalms 111:10).
(C) BE WORTH MORE THAN TREASURE.
“Better is little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and trouble with it.” (Proverbs 15:16).
(D) HAVE A FOUNTAIN OF LIFE.
“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 14:27).
(E) BE CLEAN
“The fear of the LORD is clean.” (Psalms 19:9a)
(F) BE SECURED FOR ETERNITY.
“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” (Psalms 19:9).
Beloved, what things do you think should motivate us to fear Him?
I would like to hear from you.