The Fear Of The Lord

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:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  (see Psalm 111:10 or Proverbs 9:10).

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:

“Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!  There is no want to those who fear Him.  The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”  Psalm 34:9-10 NKJV.

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:

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, PERFECTING HOLINESS IN THE FEAR OF GOD.”  2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV (emphasis mine).

As you can see, the fear of the Lord is a vital key to perfecting the holiness of God in your life. In fact, the more developed you are in the fear of the Lord, the more careful you will be to try to please Him in everything you say and do.  And, as you see in this Scripture, you will be quick to cleanse yourself of anything that might defile your flesh or your spirit.  As a result, the fear of the Lord will cause you to constantly seek to live a holy life, because you will always want to be holy as He is holy.

Now the fear of the Lord is not the same kind of paralyzing fear that the enemy often tries to put upon people.  That is a different kind of fear all together.  The fear of the Lord is a holy, reverential fear of God.  It is a fear that honors Him and hallows Him!  It is also a fear that causes us to seek to obey Him and please Him.  This is why it is so important to develop and mature in our fear of the Lord.  I have often said from the pulpit that the love of God causes us to cling to Him, and the fear of God keeps us from ever letting go,  Always remember that He is not only our heavenly Father, but He is also our judge!

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:

“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.”  Proverbs 22:4 NKJV.

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!

Steve Smith

This is Day Thirteen of a series on The Life of A Saint, a 31-day devotional.

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