Should We Really Fear the Lord?

fear of the lord

We hear the phrase “fear the Lord” a lot, but what does it really mean?  Should we fear God the same way we would fear a murderer or one of the evil characters in a horror movie?  The idea of fear and how it relates to God can be a little confusing.  Today I would like to take a little closer look at it and see if we can gain a little understanding.

Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The phrase “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” is the cornerstone of the whole book of Proverbs.  Fear is actually another word for reverence or worship, suggesting that wisdom begins when we properly acknowledge who God is and offer Him the worship that He deserves.  It reminds us that life’s true significance is discovered when we approach God with an attitude of humility and awe, not of dread and fright.

This reminder that we find in Proverbs explains how we can fear God in our daily lives.  Whether the topic is wealth, work, marriage, or just about anything else in our lives, we are called to give God the honor due to Him by obeying His will in each of these areas.  A wise person will humbly seek God’s perspective on a matter before acting, but a fool will throw caution to the wind and act on his or her own impulses.  So what is the result of ignoring God and doing it our own way?

Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)

12 There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death.

Wow, that seems pretty clear doesn’t it?  The fact is that the only way to life is through Jesus.  If we choose to do it ourselves, we simply will not get there and death is the only thing we have to look forward to.

Here are a few other verses from the Bible that also talk about having a fear of the Lord:

Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Job 28:28 (NIV)

28 And he said to the human race,
    “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
    and to shun evil is understanding.”

Psalm 111:10 (NIV)

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise.

God is a loving Father.  He loves us more than we can even comprehend, but at the same time, we need to respect His power and might and worship Him and obey Him through our thoughts, words, and by how we live our lives.  If we do this, if we worship, obey, and honor Him, then we have nothing to fear either in life or death.  Let’s let how we live our lives be the ultimate thank you that we show to God and all He has done for us.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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