When it comes to living the life of a saint, have you ever considered how important it is to develop the fear of the Lord in your life?
Almost everyone is familiar with the words of the Bible, which read:
This means that the start of all wisdom is the fear of the Lord. However, let me share with you a little secret: Everything you desire to receive from God starts with the fear of the Lord! In fact, there are many passages of Scripture that encourage you to fear the Lord, as a saint, because of the great benefits that will come to you as a result. For instance, consider the following words of the psalmist, when he wrote:
That is a pretty powerful passage of Scripture! It promises God’s provision for those who fear Him. God wants to be your only source to meet your needs. In fact, those who truly fear the Lord, look to Him, and Him alone, to meet all of their needs! This not only applies to material needs, but to every other kind of need, as well. Your love, joy, peace, and sense of well-being and security must all come from Him. Do you trust Him for all of those things in your daily life? That is the kind of life God expects His saints to live!
Now, when it comes to holiness, you will find that there is a direct link to the fear of the Lord. As you may recall, the Apostle Paul wrote:
Finally, the fear of the Lord is directly linked to humility. Those who have no fear of the Lord, tend to be proud of their own accomplishments, However, those who fear the Lord give Him all the glory for everything they have done in their lives. They know that it is only because of Him that they were able to accomplish anything at all. This is why King Solomon wrote:
No doubt, all of us desire to have riches and honor and life. Who wouldn’t? Now you know that the key to those things are humility and the fear of the Lord. All of these things become available to us when we put all of our trust upon Him, and look to Him for our only source of supply. Then, when we receive these things in our life, we must be quick to give Him all the glory for it. That is living in the fear of the Lord, dear saint. You are holy!
Next week we will look at: Do Not Judge!
This is Day Thirteen of a series on The Life of A Saint, a 31-day devotional.