That We May Always Fear The Lord

Joshua 4:24 says “This is so that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord’s hand is mighty, and so that you may always fear the Lord your God.”  It seems that God has been dealing with my heart a lot this week about that concept:  “the FEAR of the Lord”.  In my thoughts and reflections, I recall that the last verse describing the condition of godless humanity [found in Romans 3:10-18] the concluding statement is “There is nor fear of God before their eyes.”  Jesus instructs us to NOT FEAR those that can only destroy our physical life, but to FEAR the One who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28).  Now I am aware that there is also a verse which tell us that perfect love casts out fear.  Still, I believe that God’s Word tells us, commands us, exhorts us again and again to always maintain a FEAR of the Lord.  Without trying to do a word study on the term, let me just share that I understand this term and phrase [“the FEAR of the Lord”] to imply that I am to have a reverential awe, a holy respect, a humble appreciation of the Lord, our God.  Think about it:  with one command from His lips, He could extinguish the lamp of our life and the very existence of our soul!  Yet, the One who has such awesome authority over us has chosen to love us beyond understanding!  He has given His Only Begotten Son as payment in full for our sins and Has made a way for us to live with Him eternally.  Isn’t our only reasonable service then to FEAR Him by presenting ourselves as living sacrifices?  May God help us to always fear the Lord!


~ by brotherfaron on April 15, 2010.

2 Responses to “That We May Always Fear The Lord”

  1. After seeing the hand of God at work thesde last few days, this is particularly appropriate. He is indeed to be feared, reverentially by His children, but with dread by those who have rejected Him.

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