The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have a good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise (Psalm 111:10).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).
Everyone on earth is guilty of sin before God. The Bible tells us that the reason we experience guilt is because we are guilty. The whole world is guilty before God. We can pretend guilt is not there. We can find someone else to blame our problem on. But the only real and effective way to remove guilt is to get to the root of the problem, which is sin.
In truth, humanity is not basically good. Humanity is basically sinful and corrupt. That is God’s assessment of humankind and it can be confirmed by the way that we live our lives and what we do with our lives. We see the acts of terrorism that heartlessly murders innocent people with no apparent conscience whatsoever. We see it each day in the USA also, in crimes committed particularly against women, children and the elderly.
The Bible tells us that this is because people have no fear of God in their lives: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:28 NKJV). In Romans 3:11 it says, “There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God” (NKJV). So, it is easy to see, that the motive for humanity’s sinfulness is Godlessness.
This is why the fear of God is so important in a believer’s life. Proverbs 16:6 says, “By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil” (NLT). A good definition for the fear of God is “a wholesome fear or dread of displeasing Him.” It is not a fear of righteousness. Rather, it’s a way of wanting to do what God wants you to do. It is not about God threatening you or being afraid of what He will do to you. Instead, you should have love and respect for Him to the extent that you want to honor Him and you would not dare do anything that would dishonor or displease Him. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10).
Solomon, after going on a binge into every kind of sin he could find, came to this conclusion: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 NKJV). What Solomon was saying is “Listen; here is what I have learned from life. After doing everything that God told me I should not do, I have discovered that God knew what He was talking about.” Each and every one of us would do well to show reverence to God and to honor Him.
Besides having the fear of God, we need to have love for God. As the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “Therefore we should make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:9 NKJV). So, understanding this, we should show reverence to God.
Paul also said, “For the love of Christ compels us..” (v. 14). This means that we are to love God so much that we want to do those things that would honor Him. But at the same time, we should show our fear and our love for God so that we would never want to do those things that would dishonor Him.
Fear, Love, Honor and Obey…… four words that when taken and used in the proper sense and focus of Godliness will create righteousness and wisdom.
I praise You Father for all the many things large and small seen and un-seen that you do for us on a continuing basis.
People will come to accept the Lord Jesus but that will only happen when the individual decides that what the Lord wants is more important than what they want. Billy Graham
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “Fearing and Loving the Lord.” My greatest wish is to fear, love, honor, and obey the Lord and all of His commands. But because I am human, I pray that I can do this in a loving manner so as to never dishonor You.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,