The Fear of the Lord

fear of the lordOne of the things that we are told in the Bible is the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom. Most of all of us have heard that, and have struggled with that.

What does it mean? What does it mean to fear the Lord? How can wisdom start with fear?

I was thinking about that when I read today’s passage, Jeremiah 33: 8-9. Listen to what it says:

I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.

When I was younger, my image of God was that He was a really angry old many in heaven, just waiting for me to mess up so that He could smite me. I say my image of God was that He was a really angry Col. Sanders.

That’s what I thought of when I thought of the fear of the Lord. I was afraid of that God.

But, as I’ve grown, I’ve come to realize that to fear the Lord isn’t be afraid of God, but it’s to have a holy reverence of God. It’s to respect Him. Honor Him. Know that He is different that we are. Understand that He is God. He is other. He is different.

And know that He still loves. That, to me, to fear the Lord.

And today, look what is says in that text. We will fear the Lord because of how good He is. We shall fear Him because of His blessings. We shall fear Him because of His love.

We don’t think of that as a reason to fear. Because we have the “fear of the Lord” wrong. We fear Him; we honour Him; we respect Him.

For He is good. He is love. He is love. He is grace. He is not a man, He is God. He does not (as we would) come in wrath, but He comes in mercy. He does not (as we would) come with vengeance in store, but He comes with hope for what is God.

We fear Him because He is not us. He is different. He is God. And He loves, no matter what.

We fear Him; we honor Him; we respect Him, because He is good. He is. He is good.

The fear of the Lord is beginning of fo wisdom. Yes. Yes, is it. May we have that holy, loving fear of our holy, loving God.

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Fear of the Lord

One of the commands and encouragements of scripture can be hard to understand sometimes. Lots of the things that we are supposed to do make sense. Love. Forgive. Care. Support. Pray.

These things make sense to us as first.

But, listen to what is put forth in Psalm 128:1-4:

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. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.

fear of the lordBlessed is everyone who fears the Lord. Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.

Fear the Lord. That’s a command that we hear over and over again the Bible. It’s one that we know, that we’ve been told about, that we know that we should do.

But, what it is? What does it mean to fear the Lord?

The way that I’ve understood it best is to have a holy reverence for God. To understand, to know, that He is God. He is different. He is other. He is not a man. He is not human.

He is God.

And we are not.

And we will never fully understand or know Him totally this side of Glory. There is a mystery to Him.

To fear the Lord is understand. He is the God of the Ages. The Ancient of Days. The Sovereign Lord of Heaven. The Creator of all that is, both Seen and Unseen. He is the Author of Life. The Rock of Age.

He is God.

And knowing that fact is where happiness and life starts. Because knowing that fact reminds us that we are in His hands, we are His, and He has this.

In many ways, to fear the Lord is a lot like trusting the Lord. Because when we understand who He is, in His glory and in His honor, we can trust Him.

So, today, you don’t have to be afraid of God. He loves you. But, we do need to fear Him. Respect Him. Honor Him.

Trust Him.

And in that, we find life.

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