Fear of the Lord. What does it mean and how does it make us stronger in faith?
In both English and Hebrew, the word “fear” has more than one meaning. In one context, “fear” means anxiety or dread about consequences or some future event. In another context, “fear” means awe or deep sense of reverence. In our relationship with God, both are important and both need to be included.
God alone is the Maker of Heaven and Earth and the Creator of all things. God is the Alpha and the Omega. With deep wonder and awe, we should approach the Lord. Fear the Lord and revere his Presence. Fear the Lord and remember His greatness.
When we properly fear of the Lord, when he remember the Greatness of the Lord, Who has made the cosmos, Who has caused the mountains and the seas, the sun and the moon, the night and the day, Who is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Fear keeps us close to God. When we have fear of the Lord, we approach God with humility and keep His commandments. We seek the Lord and turn to Scripture for understanding and clarity when we fear the Lord.
Fear of the Lord is a blessing it keeps us close. We remember the Lord and we want to honor Him. Today, I invite you to reflect on “Fear of the Lord”. How has your fear of the Lord been a blessing? How has the fear of the Lord helped you to make a good decision and avoid a bad one? If there is a decision you are struggling with, have you prayed about it and sought an answer through prayer and Scripture? I also invite to take a moment and ponder “Fear of the Lord” – How mighty our Lord is, who has created all things, and through whom we have the gift of life.
Our Father in Heaven cares about us and what we are doing. Fear reminds of us His commandments to keep them holy. Fear provides a deep sense of reverence awe and humility.
Scripture for Reflection
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. – Psalm 128: 1-2 (ESV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. -Proverbs 1:7 (ESV)
Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin. – Exodus 20 (ESV)
But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. – Samuel 12:24 (ESV)
I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things. – Isaiah 45:7 (ESV)
I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. – Luke 12:4-5 (ESV)
This article in part of a “40-Day Prayer Vigil” series. A complete list of posts can be found here.