Fear of God?
DO WE FEAR GOD? Holy, reverential fear of God is lacking everywhere even within the walls of the church. I would not be far off saying that revival, lack of discipleship, and the church's mixing in with the world is evidence of such. The fear (great reverence and to be in awe of; the recognition of the Power and Sovereignty that causes us to run towards ) of the Lord is essential and missing in the modern church. Without fear of God, we are hindered in our own walk and the effectiveness of the church's effort to spread the gospel is greatly diminished. Thankfully, the Lord works this fear within us, which adequately explains a significant portion of the suffering a Christian endures. Let us recall, that Jesus Himself, not only feared God to the point of the cross, but commanded us to do the same (Matt 10:28). Fearing the Lord is: 1. Life giving (Proverbs 10:27) 2. Eternally cleansing (Psalm 19:9 3. Providing wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 1:7; 15:33) 4. Rewarding with riches and honor (Proverbs 22:4) 5. Hatred of evil and so essential for obedience (Proverbs 8:13; 16:6; 14:27) 6. Results in courage, confidence, total satisfaction, and provision for families (2 Chronicles 14:14; Proverbs 14:26; 19:23) The inability to comprehend that God is unchanging from covenant to covenant, so that grace and mercy are truly that, not license but opportunity to live in holy fear, is preventing our spiritual growth. We cast off the God of the Old Testament as the angry, impatient God always ready to deliver wrath upon the wicked and, by extension, erroneously cling to Jesus as the One who is far different, more patient and loving than the God of Israel. Our Lord is the mediator of a better convenant, however, think not falsely that God has somehow changed character. He will judge all, believers first and nonbelievers later, although the former are saved from eternal wrath. He who can cast into hell must be feared! Individually, let us spend time on our knees. Corporately, let us follow those who have gone before us (Hebrews 11-12) and set the example with all exhortation and encouragement, that while He is our loving Father, He is to be greatly honored, respected, and obeyed. Ask now. Do I fear the Lord? “And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.” Luke 1:50