THE FEAR OF GOD
“What is the Fear of God?” Many have given different answers to this complex question. One that seems to resonate with me the most is that the fear of God is to have a reverent awe and a healthy submissive fear of who He is. It seems to be easier for me to comprehend the reverent awe than it is the submissive fear. You see, I am amazed and stand in wonder of God and what He has done in this world as well as what He has done in my own personal life. It is a little harder for me to describe and understand the healthy fear admonished. Dr. Tony Evans gave an analogy that helped me understand this second part of the fear of God. He gave the example that when we are driving and we see a police car, what do we do? Most of us slow down. We understand the emblem on the car is representative of authority. It arrests us to change our actions to adhere to the speed limit that is safer and within the rules of the road. A healthy submissive fear has been created. It is the same for us when we know God. As we recognize His authority in our lives, it arrests us to change our actions to adhere to His commands. By doing so, we are more likely to make decisions and conduct ourselves in a manner that honors Him. Our submission to God’s rule and guidance creates a healthy submissive fear in us that He will bless.
God’s Word tells of many rewards He will bestow on those who fear Him. Knowledge, wisdom, mercy, goodness, prolonged life, blessings, instruction, and understanding just to name a few. Many more are listed throughout scripture. The last verses in the Book of Ecclesiastes written by Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, proclaims, “When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep His commands, for this is for all humanity.” May we all have a sincere desire to fear God and to walk in His ways. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.