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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Proverbs 14:26-27 (CSB): “In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence and his children have a refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning people away from the snares of death.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
We don’t hear much about “the fear of the Lord” anymore. Millenia of Christians have written about it and spoken about it … until our generation.
To the 21st century American “Christian,” the thought of fearing God is appalling. We would not be surprised if we heard someone who claimed to be a Christian say:
“Well, my God isn’t to be feared. He’s my friend and wouldn’t ever want me to be fearful in His presence.”
In a post that I wrote last year, I noted that it is a Christian’s duty and a source of great happiness when we learn to fear the Lord. I titled the blog post, “Should We Fear the Lord?” and you can access it by clicking the previous title.
When we actually get into the Bible and discover what the one true God is like, rather than coming up with our own whimsical ideas, we will stand in awe. His infinite power, His justice, His love, and all of His other attributes will captivate us. Just as we feel happiness when we feel so small as we stare into a massive, star-filled sky, or the fear and joy we feel when we stare over the rim of the Grand Canyon to the bottom below, we can experience those same feelings when we come to understand our God.
But, it’s not just emotions. Those notions will compel us to act accordingly. We will grow in humility as we come to understand our God more. We won’t see Him as “the man upstairs” but as the God of all Creation who is worthy of our worship. We won’t whimsically stroll into His presence in prayer but will have a growing attitude of gratitude for what Jesus did so that we can come into God’s presence. We won’t continue to allow sin to have control over us because we know that God is holy and chastens those He loves.
When we come to a greater awareness of who God is and develop a healthy, biblical “fear of the Lord,” then there are some benefits:
Proverbs 14:26 (CSB): “In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence and his children have a refuge.”
If we have a healthy fear of the Lord, we will have “strong confidence.” Why? Because the fear of the Lord will keep us from sin. As we sin less and less, we won’t have to grapple with a guilty conscience or troubling consequences. Instead, we are ready to receive God’s blessings that are lavished upon His obedient children. God will define what those blessings are and He will send them in His own time and in His own way but they will come.
Further, the man or woman who fears the Lord will have children that “have a refuge.” Their children will generally follow in the godly path of their parents and find God to be real to them. When life gets tough, they will run to the Lord (Proverbs 18:10) rather than away from Him.
Proverbs 14:27 (CSB): “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning people away from the snares of death.”
Essentially, we hear in this verse that someone who fears the Lord and acts accordingly will realize that doing so enhances their life rather than takes away from it. They will make choices that bring about longevity of life and happiness. Further, the fear of the Lord will keep them from doing the wrong, sinful things that would bring harm to them (“turning people away from the snares of death.”)
Friend, the fear of the Lord is a good thing! While it isn’t talked about much today and books that are written on it don’t make the Christian best-seller lists, it is essential to understanding how it is that we are to live Jesus-followers.
So, open your eyes to seeing all of the references to “the fear of the Lord” as you read the Bible. Develop a desire to have that healthy “fear” grow within you. And then watch as it gives you even more motivation to pursue holiness and chase after Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:11 (CSB): “Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people…”