Fearing the Lord is seeing how awesome God truly is and gives us an overwhelming sense of reverence for God’s power that inspires awe in our souls.
Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice for all sins, we no longer have any reason to be afraid. The confidence that salvation brings frees believers to fear the Lord in a positive way, through reverence and awe.
As people who love God fear him, they feel gratitude rather than dread, and they’re motivated to worship. Hebrews 12:28-29 declares: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’”
Fearing the Lord is a humbling experience for everyone. An awareness of God’s glory shines a spotlight on where we all are in relationship to God. Are we far away from the Lord? Are we close to him? What direction do we want to move in? Choosing to move closer to God strengthens our faith, which decreases negative fear (being afraid) and increases positive fear (awe).
Fearing the Lord helps us understand who God truly is, which inspires us to love, obey, and serve him – and we grow more wise day by day in the process.
Encountering wonder instills a healthy fear of God – a reverence for God’s awesome nature – in our souls. That is the foundation on which we can build our knowledge and grow
Fearing God helps us understand that he is a loving Father who wants what’s best for us. It wakes us up to the reality that God’s presence is always with us, and he notices and cares deeply about our thoughts, words, and actions.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom because feeling awe expands our perspective on any situation. As awe lifts our perspective beyond ourselves to God, we become wise by directing our attention to God rather than just ourselves.
We can move past our problems and toward possibilities as we allow awe to grow our wisdom, since “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Fearing God by having a sense of reverence for his wonder helps us be wise enough to stop placing limits on what our all-powerful God can do in our lives. Fearing God through awe inspires with the wisdom we need to trust God in deeper ways. Amen? Hallelujah!
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