The chief goal of every Christian should be that we want to glorify God and please Him. There is a theme that flows throughout the Bible that is the key to making this possible. Today, as I read my normal chapters in the Bible, I came across this theme in two different places. I thought maybe God was trying to tell me something, and thought you might benefit from it as well. Here are the verses that touched my heart: “And unto man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding’” (Job 28:28). “What man is he that feareth the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant” (Psalm 25:12-14). A question comes to my mind about my walk with God after reading these verses. I am wondering if I “fear” my God like I should?
There are things I am legitimately afraid of … snakes … heights … guns … failing God. Do I give enough attention to that last one? Do I live in fear of disappointing God? That ought to be on the top of my list of things to fear. Some of you might be reading this and thinking that we should not fear God … after all, He loves us all and wants the best for us. It is true that God loves us, and it is true that He desires the best things for us. As I said earlier, there is a theme that runs throughout our Bible that speaks about wisdom being directly connected to our fear of God.
This fear of God has been described as having a reverence for God. As I read my Bible, I believe it also involves a real fear of disappointing God, or violating His standards of righteousness. When I was misbehaving as a boy, Mom would often say, “Wait until your father gets home.” I did not like to hear those words. I had a healthy “fear” of my father. As I recall, my dad only spanked me one time in my whole life. It was not a fear of punishment that I had for my earthly dad; but a fear of disappointing him, and not pleasing him with my actions. You see, I loved my dad so deeply (and still do) that the thought of disappointing him brought me anguish. The thought of not meeting up to his approval was painful for me. I feared disappointing him because I loved him so much. I love my Heavenly Father even more. I do not want to disappoint Him. I fear that I do that often. It is that fear that drives me to attempting to live a righteous life. Not out of fear of punishment, but from a heart of love.
“To follow you must also learn to forsake.” – Unknown