Fear God and you’ll have nothing else to fear, because there is no one and nothing greater to fear than Him. Many people are afraid a multitude of things, but they may not fear God. To fear God means we acknowledge and respect His Holiness and power. In addition, it means to recognize our need for His wisdom and forgiveness. Also, those who fear Him are promised many blessings contained in the Bible.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
It was the fear of God’s punishment because of my sins that kept me from coming to Him, and it was the same concern that led me to Jesus, when I understood the message of the cross. And after accepting Christ, I begin to see the fear of God as desirable. While I’m still a work in progress, I can see evidence of His grace and work in my life through the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit teaches me to fear God and helps me to apologize when I am unkind. In addition, I am able to heed correction, obey God’s Word, and strive for honesty. Through my respect and fear of God I confess sins and break bad habits. Since becoming a Christian, I now want to fear God and I pray that He will help me to do so even more.
There are many things that people fear; for example, some common ones are: public speaking, flying, heights, insects, and death. Fear can be harmful if it causes us to lose sleep at night and it can be good when it protects us from harm.
But, there is one fear that we should all desire and that is the fear of God. To fear God means that we realize the scope of His majesty and holiness. It means that we honor Him in how we live because we recognize that He is always watching. To fear God is to acknowledge His Sovereignty and power to give and take life; to extend grace and administer judgment.
Psalm 33:8 says, “Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him.” (NLT)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.Psalm (111:10 NIV)
God is the source of all wisdom, and if we fear Him and obey His Word, we will have a solid foundation to build our lives on.
To not fear God is to live carelessly and jeopardize our eternal welfare, but to fear Him is to realize that we need His wisdom and forgiveness; which is only available through Jesus Christ, if we surrender our lives to Him based on God’s terms.
Proverbs 14:27 says, “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.” (ESV)
Luke 1:50 says, “And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.”(ESV)
Proverbs 19:23 says, “The fear of the Lord leads to life and whoever has it rests satisfied;he will not be visited by harm.” (ESV)
When we fear God and accept Christ, we will love and want to reverence Him even more, because we will appreciate His sacrifice and love for us.
In addition, there are many promises and blessings in the Bible for those fear Him. He teaches and confides in those who fear Him. He will provide for our needs and remain with us. If we fear God, we don’t need to fear anything else.
Palm 34:11 says, “Come,my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the LORD.”(NLT)
Psalm 25:14 says, “The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.” (NIV)
Psalm 86:11 say’s, “Teach me your way, O Lord that I may walk in your truth; united my heart to fear your name.” (ESV)
Psalm 34:9 says, “Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.”(NIV)
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4 NIV)
We should be concerned when we or others don’t fear God, and we should pray that all would fear Him, because to not reverence God is disrespectful and dangerous.
There is a day coming when all people will bend their knee and acknowledge Him.
Romans 14:11 says, “It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”(NIV)
If we fear God and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior now, we won’t need to fear God’s wrath and judgment. We can honor and praise Him for His awesome plan of salvation.
Do you fear God and have you accepted Christ?
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