Of recent, I was listening to a sermon and the pastor said that he got a revelation about the fear of the Lord.
He said one night as he read Psalm 19:9, he got the revelation that Lucifer fell because there was no fear of God in him.
I had never looked at the fall of Lucifer in this light. This got me thinking more about the fear of the Lord. Quetioning my heart in thefear of the lord. So many times I have heard of the reverancial fear that we should have for God but somehow, I had taken for granted that a lack of fear for God leads to disobedience towards God. I had always thought it was pride that made Luficer fall and here I was, seeing how his lack of fear for God made him think he could actually compare himself to God, to make himself a god of some sort and eventually led him to riot against the most high and wage a war on heaven, whose outcome was obvious from the beginning.
But how could Lucifer having known God, thought he even had a chance? Somehow I feel that in the abundance of God’s goodness, he took for granted the authority and power, of the almighty God. And yet, we Christians, have lived so much in God’s grace that we have chosen to take it for granted. Paul asked, “shall we sin so grace might abound? God forbid” yet how many of us live by this principle, me being the chief of them all.
This leaves me humbled by all the times I have displayed a lack of fear for God. Where I have decided to despise him or without any sort of remorse just ignored his instructions only to fulfill the desires of my flesh,even for a moment. But if this lack of fear is going to separate me from my God, it is not worth it.
Once I understood what was at stake if am ignorant about fearing God, I was triggered to study more. As I continued to study about the fear of God, I realised the Bible has so much to say and to teach about the fear of the Lord. Surely this must be so important if it is so much stressed in multiple verses in the Bible.
The difference between fearing God and fearing God
First we have to differentiate between fearing God and being afraid of God. God is love and we are his Children thus we must neither be afraid nor scared of God. But we need to approach him with the respect and in owe of his glory and magnificence. When we are afraid of God, it is like we are processing that he is evil. We should approach God with a confidence that his good and wants the best for us, yet with humility because he is the almighty God, holy and above all things.
WHY WE SHOULD FEAR THE LORD
Here are some of the key reasons I find why every Christian ought to have the fear of God in him at all times.
1. It is in the fear of the Lord that we are sustained eternally.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgements of the Lord are true and righteousness altogether. Psalms 19:9
2. The fear of the Lord is a shield against evil forces.
The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. Proverbs 19:23
See in the fear of the Lord, our God given life is sustained. It is tended to. Built up as we grow more and more until we are full to overflowing.
We know that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. But here we see that in the fear of God, we are not visited by evil. And our life is ours to the fullest. It can’t be stolen from us by the devil.
Psalms 85:9 continues to say that salvation is close to those that fear God.
3. It is when we fear God that we are willing to depart from our sin
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil proverbs 16:7
Have you ever wondered why you take so much delight in sin even if you have been saved and believe God to be your saviour? You just can’t get yourself to stop doing what you know to be wrong!
Much as part of the reason being we still live in a fallen body and the devil and his demons are constantly trying to steal our abundant life from us, a lack of fear for God does not help the situation.
I can assure you, as long as you do not fear the lord, you will not let go of your sin. As long as you take God’s grace for granted, which too is a sign of a lack of fear, you will make excuses to continue living in your sin.
Paul calls us to lay down the old man who was crucified and live a life that is dead to sin. Your fear of God must partner with His Holy Spirit to enable you to move according to his will.
In the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death – Psalm 14:27
Usually when the Bible uses the word fountain, it is in the context of a flow what has no end which comes from within and can’t be affected by outward circumstances.
See the fear of the lord, helps you to -from within your heart- keep away from anything that might pervert your body, soul and spirit. It is like the desire to take part in some of the things you once delighted in is purged out of you. In this new life, all traps of the devil to try to lure you into temptation, even unto death, cease to entice you.
4. We are blessed by God when we fear him.
He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great – Psalms 115:13
There are multiple examples of how so many people in the bible gained favour in the eyes of God because of the fear they had for Him. This fear was expressed in so many various ways. But we see as a result, God was pleased with them and abundantly blessed them, the greatest blessing being him having a close relationship with them.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his lovingkindness towards those who fear Him – Psalms 103:11
So as we continue to give our hearts to God, let us also cultivate hearts that fear the lord. Because God is worthy of our love, worship and reverance.