“Fear God,” he shouted. “Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water.”
The Bible uses the word fear 300 times. All in reference to fearing God. There are many examples where fearing God is a positive thing as opposed to a negative. You see people referenced as a God fearing man, such as Joseph.
The way that most makes sense to me is when I see God as a father. For me as a child, I feared my dad out of respect. I knew he was wiser than me. I knew I would be punished if I did something wrong.
God is similar in a lot of ways. God wants us to fear Him because it saves us from falling into our own sinful nature. I didn’t get into a ton of trouble because I was (mostly) obedient to my parents. I followed what they told me because I knew and trusted they were leading me in the right direction.
William D. Eisenhower puts it well in his article ‘Fearing God’, “…He sits in judgement of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion.” I am still learning about fearing God and what it looks like in my life. I am excited to see where He takes me.
What does it look like for me to fear God?
How will it change the way I live?
Dear Lord, continue to teach us about fearing you. Remind us it is for the best and that it will lead us to deeper wisdom. Thank you for continually guiding us. Amen.
Have a great day!