“Don’t call conspiracy everything that this people calls conspiracy,and don’t fear what they fear,or live in terror. The Lord of the Heavenly Armies—he’s the one you are to regard as holy.Let him be the one whom you fear,and let him be the one before whom you stand in terror! Isaiah 8:12-13
“The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”(Prov 14:27 [KJV]); Jonah said;“..I [am] an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry [land]. (Jonah 1:9 [KJV]); Paul said to Ephesians “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” (Eph 5:21 [KJV]); Further in Revelation is says, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come..”(Rev 14:7 [KJV])What is this fear of the Lord the Bible keeps talking about?
Obviously it is not the fear like a phobia of some kind, it is associated with the respect, honor and dedication to God. It is based on recognition of who God is and what is due Him. In fact it is a reflection of who we are in relationship to God our creator and maker.
As children to our earthly parents we recognize that we are children, dependants of our parents and thus we give them their due honor and respect as recognition or their role and their status. That respect could be equated in a higher level with the fear of God.
Ellen White says, “This sanctified fear is entirely proper. It is not a servile, cowardly fear; it is a dread to do anything that Christ will not approve. This fear regulates the Christian experience. Those who feel it sanctify the Lord in their hearts. They regard God with a reverence and love that leads to self-abasement. But their fear is very different from the terror of a slave, who lives in expectation of the lash. This genuine fear leads to firm reliance on God.” – Signs of the Times (September 22, 1898)
There is a bond that comes with this fear of God. It dictates our role and accountability to God, it defines our conducts, our role and limitations and even our obligations. This fear acts as our guide in the way we conduct ourselves and in the way we relate with God. It will also be a reflection of our loyalty to God.
This fear is essential to us Christians, we will be known through our conducts whether we fear the Lord or not; it matters not how much we talk of God. People will know we are Christians by our walk and talk. Our daily walk is the reflection of how much we fear God. The fear of God which is also known as revering God, turns out to be a code of conduct. The fear is devoid of terror, intimidation, hypocrisy, pretense, favor, and such other negative conditions that are attributes of the evil master. Love is the guiding precept in revering God. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (1John 4:7 [KJV])That fear becomes our second nature once we accept God and keep his commandments, it becomes our culture we cannot operate our lives without it. When we fear the Lord we will not do what is not right before Him; we will not be careless with our lives; we will not ignore His will or do as we wish.
Our life style should change and become reflective of who we are and we are the children of God His creation. We should not live as if we have no God or as if He does not care. Let us therefore fear God.
By A. Eliamani