Fear Of God
To define this let's look at the scriptures. There are more than 150 verses which have the words fear, God or Lord within them. Out of those 150, at least 80 of them are dealing with the concept of fear of God or fear of the Lord. Aside from a few, which deal with the fear His anointing puts upon the people around a holy people, the rest are reassurances from God saying do not fear. This is an apparent contradiction to the scoffer, but a hidden truth to those who fear God.
The first mention found was in the account of Abraham. Abraham in the land of Abimelech, viewed the land and surmised there was no fear of God in that place (Genesis 20:11). This meant the people were likely to do anything, he was in fear for his life. He lied about Sarah being his wife, claiming her to be his sister. A land where there is no fear of God is wicked land. Much evil is avoided when people have a sense that a power greater than them is watching over their deeds. This brings accountability. When you realize God sees everything you do, a person with this revelation will seek to change their life. It was by the fear of God Paul appealed to the Jews at Antioch who subsequently rejected him, which made way for the Gentiles to embrace his message (Acts 13). The fear of God is universally available while only the wise take heed.
“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”-Proverbs 3:7
The second mention found in scripture was the oath of Jacob. God was named the fear of Isaac (Genesis 31:53). Isaac survived the altar with a deep knowledge of the depths God is willing to go to test the faith of His people. He also surely recognized that it was not God's will for him to perish. What a powerful lesson each of us could learn.
It was fear of God which caused even the pharaoh’s servants to be spared when they took heed to Moses' warning and hid their cattle from the hail (Exodus 9:20-21). Those who did not lost their servants and their cattle. So fear of God can protect your belongings. God can put an air of dread around you that people will be afraid to do anything to you (Deuteronomy 2:25). This is an extension of the fear of God given providentially for His people.
All of these are reasons to seek God with fear and trembling. The heathen fears God and keeps his distance unbelieving of the fact that the Lord IS a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. The true seeker pushes forward through the clouds and darkness. Looking to find the throne of grace, he is ready to forsake all, in hopes of a much better reward. This fear causes a man to fine tune his vision while examining his own heart. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord searching the inward parts of the belly. It is by this fear and trembling a person learns to hate every false way.
Fear of God was a requirement of the judges of old (Exodus 18:21, I Samuel 23:3) just as much as it is a requirement of men of God today. Without this basic truth a person will compromise with the world. The temptations are much to strong to face without the power of God. If we can take heed of this truth, this truth will indeed set us free. It will build character within us, we become a fortress sealed by the Holy Ghost. We will lead a life of overcoming temptations, we will depart from sin.
“And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” -Exodus 20:20
Consider this contrast:
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”- II Thessalonians 2:10
Fear of God is coupled with the love of truth, as God is truth. If anyone is off balance in this area that is a man who will fall. Many today stress the verses that portray God beckoning us to come without fear, still according to scriptures that is only half the story. God only deems us worthy of that beckoning when we are walking in the right manner of reverence and godly fear (Hebrews 12:28).
The truth is written in His commandments, (Deuteronomy 6) as Jesus said, if you love me keep my commandments. This is how we cleave to Him; as Jesus did in his time here on earth, He sent the Comforter to remind us of the of truth, that we might do likewise. Never let it be said that we have done what was right in our own eyes, but let our report be as of Job. Let us be upright, fearing God, eschewing evil.
“When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD thy God.”
“The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”
“Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”
“I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.”
“Though a sinner do evil a hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:'
This is the eternal Gospel:
“Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”
In every aspect of life God is watching you are naked and open to him with which we have to do. When you sleep, when you rise, when you work, when you play, is He pleased with what He sees? When you pray are you sincere in your forgiveness? do you seek a pure heart?
In your worship are you actively seeking God's communion? or are you lost in a lullaby?
The answers to these questions will determine your end, heaven or hell is at stake.
Choose wisely, fear God.
“Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.”
[*Editor's note: an error was found and this has been revised. The first sentence of the third paragraph originally said "the report of Isaac" it was actually the oath of Jacob.]
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