The Fear Of The Lord

The fear of the Lord

God is a great being, a Supernatural being, an Almighty being, but with all these characteristics, He is not a tyrant.
We all have different perspectives of God, due to our encounters or dealings with Him.
God seen as the greatest in the universe, should define Him as a fearful being, someone who is being feared. But, the bible told us, despite all these characteristics, that God is love, who relates with His creatures as friends.
That does not mean that God is not to be feared, is just that we don’t understand what it means to fear God.

Naturally fear can be seen as a phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone. It can also be seen as a strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat.
From these definitions of fear, the fear of God should always cast us out of His presence, it should be something that makes us not to come close to God, but in this case, the fear of God is different, rather the fear of God is what draws us nearer to Him daily.
God is a Holy God, and He has called us His children into same holiness. It is this fear that He inputs in us, that help us stay in that place of holiness.

Proverbs 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
This verse gave us the true definition of fear of God. The fear of God is to hate what is evil, what is sinful, what is unrighteous, to depart from evil. It is not necessarily a phobia we have on God.

It is this fear that helps us live rightly. Fear doesn’t build confidence, but the type of fear of God builds our confidence, we can come to God boldly with this fear in us.
Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

You can now check your life and know if you have this fear in you. Remember this fear doesn’t cast you away but it draws you nearer to Him.

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