The Fear of the Lord is a reverential fear, one that is born out of our love and respect for Him which liberates, guides and protects. When we compare this with the fear of men or of anything else this type of fear restricts, condemns and binds us.
Today’s scripture instructs us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy one is understanding.
Our level of love and respect for God is the level also at which we will gain wisdom and our knowledge of Him results in good judgement.
We see this so clearly depicted in the life of the wisest man ever to have lived, King Solomon. His fear of the Lord made him wise but the minute he started to let the desires of his heart overtake his fear of the Lord we see that this led to his demise. 1 Kings 11.
In contrast, an example of the fear of the Lord is shown us through Abraham in Genesis 22, it depicted a life of surrender and trust in God with no thought to oneself. Abraham was on the verge of sacrificing his son Isaac when the Angel of the Lord called to him and stopped him And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Where Solomon indulged in his desires, Abraham only concerned himself with God’s desires.
Our fear of God makes us bold, it liberates us to do the impossible for God just like Abraham did for we know it is not by might not by power but by his spirit Zechariah 4:6.
From Solomon’s example we learn how easily our desires and love for worldly things can take us away from God. Proverbs 8:13 tells us that to fear the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth, So if we say we fear the Lord yet these things are found in our lives we make liars of ourselves.
The wisdom and understanding we get as a result of our fear and knowledge of the Lord will instruct us and guide us in the way we should go…many a man fall prey to his own ways simply because he has forsaken his fear and knowledge of God….
Our fear of the Lord will be reflected in our words, actions and life and when we revere God our lives will not only be pleasing unto Him but others can attest to the fact that you are different.
What we revere will manifest in our lives…dare to be different beloved, Fear the Lord.