The “fear of the Lord” is the second most repeated statement in our Bibles. The first is “fear not” or “don’t be afraid.”
Today let’s look at how the “fear of the Lord” sets us free from our personal fears.
The fear of “what if” always comes to mind when our Lord asks us to go public with our faith in Christ alone by faith alone. We overcome the fear of “what if” when our “fear of the Lord” is greater.
When Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” the sins of the world—including yours and mine—were placed on Jesus (Matthew 27:46). God’s full anger and wrath over sin was poured out on Him instead of us. Making the furry Christ endured personal allows me to trust in God’s acceptance and love for me—no matter what.
Our personal fears have been paid for and conquered by our beloved Savior.
God is not angry anymore. Why? Because Jesus took all the anger that God the Father had for my sin and your and paid for it fully. Now the love of God flows freely.
“God proved His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8
God has spoken.
This “fear of the Lord,” that gives us victory over “personal fears” result from an awe in our Lord God Almighty. That awe comes from encountering Jesus Christ’s love that “paid it all.” Our sin, for His righteousness; our eternal life for His trip to hell; our union with God because Jesus “paid it all.”
In Psalm 86:11, David writes, “give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Jesus had a perfectly “undivided heart” and His driving agenda daily was to drink the cup He was given by the Father.
Every word in the Bible is the word of truth delivered in perfect love. When our Lord speaks, you will either esteem your relationship with God most and evaluate everything in its light or, as Timothy Keller concludes, “Your relationship to some other thing (such as money) will define your reality.”
“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.” -Proverbs 14:26-27
Yes, “The fear of the Lord leads to life” (Proverbs 19:23).
One way I cultivate a healthy “fear of the Lord” is to think of “God’s presence” being in my every thought and action. With this understanding in mind, His holy presence serves as the restrainer of my sin when I am tempted and the forgiver of my sin when I fall short.
The fear of His presence and knowing His power and love is what helps us choose “righteousness over unrighteousness,” “life over death,” and “joy over happiness.”
The Bible is clear, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10).
Our trust in who God is and what God says leads to a life lives in righteousness, life, and everlasting joy.