There are 27 places in the English Standard version of the Bible that we see the phrase “fear of the Lord”. Why does God want us to fear him? Isn’t God a loving God?
The Book of Job has a great insight into this phrase:
Job28.28 And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’
Look how God describes Job in an earlier verse:
Job1.8 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
Would we all not like to be described by God as Job was, blameless and upright? So how do we get Job’s wisdom and understanding that we might also be found blameless and upright?
In Psalms, we see again that the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Ps111.10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
In Psalm the fear of the Lord is wisdom, and in Job turning away from evil is understanding. So what is the fear of the Lord?
In Proverbs, the book of wisdom, we find our answer;
Prov8.13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil…
The mark of a true Christian:
Romans12.9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
When our love is genuine, when we hate evil, and hold fast to good:
2Tim4.18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Now you can see why the fear of the Lord is not that scary.
Published on Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 4:32 AM CDT