Daily Word #5: What Does It Mean To Fear God or the Fear The Lord Part 2
What does it mean to fear God or fear the Lord? What type of fear is it speaking about?
What Godly Fear Looks Like
We touched on some of what godly fear looks like and that includes walking uprightly before God, which means keeping His Word, obeying His commands, and living a life that is pleasing to Him. Godly fear is obedience, not a fear of God striking someone dead because they disobeyed. That’s not the fear of the Lord the Bible teaches us about. Fearing God is obeying God, living for God, and witnessing for God. When you obey God and His Word, you are already wise, not just beginning to be. Wisdom is obedience to God’s Word and His Law. Walking in the good works that God has planned for us to do is also fearing God (Eph 2:10), because we know we are to do good to others. Jesus sees that as doing it unto Him (Matt 25:40). Fear seems to be closely associated with obedience, which to me explains the state of this world because it is only by“the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil” (Prov 16:6). It is obvious the world, in general, does not fear God, so they don’t turn away from evil; in fact, they choose the evil over the good, so when the world does not obey God, the world cannot acquire godly wisdom. The result (or consequence); there is little or no godly wisdom. That hurts!
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him,” so, first of all, ask God, but if there’s no obedience in the person’s life, then that shows they don’t really fear God, and when they don’t really fear God, they cannot have the wisdom of God because “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17). Here’s the worldly fruit or their version of wisdom, which is the exact opposite of what James describes; not pure but polluted; not peaceable but violent; not gentle but rough; not open to reason but close-minded; not full of mercy but merciless; not good fruit but wax fruit; and not impartial but prejudiced and insincere. Whatever wisdom we are talking about, if it’s not from God, it’s from the enemy. Solomon’s advice to us is to, “fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise” (Prov 24:21). "The fear of man is a stumbling block" (Prov 29:25), but the fear of God is life because it imparts godly wisdom.
Even in the New Testament the fear of God is taught, and that’s because we all need the wisdom that’s from above, but it’s difficult to receive until we walk in obedience. I remember hearing one man say when God gives us light, and we walk in that light (obey), God will give us more light. By light, I think the man meant godly wisdom or clarity about something in the Bible. Maybe it’s something we found that we hadn’t seen in the Bible before, but I believe if we don’t walk in that light which God has already given us, then there’s little reason to expect more light, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 st John 1:7). It’s much easier to fear God when you’re walking in the light than it is walking in darkness.
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