Do You Fear The Lord?
“The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.” Deuteronomy 6:24 (NIV)
What does it mean to fear the Lord? A worldly or human view of fear involves some kind of evil or threat. When the Scripture tells us to fear God, it does not mean we should run and hide from Him. Instead, it is a holy and righteous fear of respect. It is a dread to offend God or be separated from Him because we love Him.
God is all about relationships. He longs to be intimate with His children. Since He knit you together in your mother’s womb, He already knows you inside and out. It is up to you to reach out to Him. When seeking the Lord, He will be found. By knocking on the door of His heart, He will gladly come to fellowship and dine with you.
It is up to all of us to seek Him out. Not only to discover His mysteries and wonders, but to build a relationship with Him. He is an open book, but we must put forth the effort and read His pages. The more time we spend with Him, the more we will want to share His love with others.
There are many benefits in fearing God with a reverent fear. In Deuteronomy 6:24, the Lord commands His people to obey all of His decrees and to fear God, so that they might always prosper and be kept alive. He prolongs the life, and shelters or protects, those who fear Him. He will be your strong tower and hiding place.
Psalm 25:12-15 promises prosperity to the one who fears Him, and also blessings upon their decedents. He will instruct those with a reverent fear in they way they should choose. Best of all, He confides in those who fear Him. Imagine, the Creator of all things wants to honor us with His confidences!
Scriptures tell us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is more beneficial that rubies and gold. Therefore, to gain wisdom is to gain treasure in heaven.
God promises that the angel of the Lord will encamp around those who fear Him. Powers of darkness and the devil himself may try to devour us, but we will be protected by the angel armies of God. We will never lack any good thing, and this includes our safety.
Sometimes depression, heartache, illness, fear, dread, apprehension, and physical dangers are battled in the spiritual realm. Trials can be tests from God or an attack from the enemy. Consider *satan’s attack on Job, and God’s testings of Abraham. There are many bible stories praising men and women with a reverent and holy fear of God. They obediently act on and accept His instructions and plans. Think of Noah and Joshua marching around the walls of Jericho. They had a reverent fear of God and were rewarded in turn.
Do you hold God in a position of high regard and respect? Have you any need to be reminded that His ways are much higher than your ways? Do not forget that His thoughts are not your thoughts and His ways are not your ways. He created all things. You , dear one are His lovely creation and child. Refine your reverent fear of Him and behold the wonders He works within and around you.
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.” Psalm 34:7 (NIV)
“And He said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28 (NIV)
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” He said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:12 (NIV)
“Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.” Psalm 25:12-14 (NIV)
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