Yesterday in my guest post Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Founder and President of Holy Land Moments, spoke about the fear of the Lord being “More Important than Knowledge.”
To add my own two cents, when we speak of the Fear of the Lord, fear is defined two different ways in the Bible. The first is “Reverent Awe and Wonder” as in worshiping and honoring God. Exodus 20:20 (MSG) Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. God has come to test you and instill a deep and reverent awe within you so that you won’t sin.”
This is how I feel every morning when I get up early to watch God paint the sunrise. I’m amazed at the beauty of His handiwork and can’t help worshiping and thanking Him for giving me another day with Him. He reminds me that He is with me and I don’t have to go through the day alone or in my own strength. Even when the morning is cloud covered, He tells me He is still there.
In the verse above it mentions that we are tested by God. We don’t have to be afraid when we don’t sense God near. There is a saying going around Facebook recently that says, “Remember that during the test the Teacher is silent”. We don’t have to be afraid to go to the Teacher to ask for help and understanding, in fact He is waiting for us to do just that.
It also means we don’t have to be afraid of those who try to stop us from speaking up and sharing our faith. Matthew 10:28 (MSG) “Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.” That should stiffen your backbone, because God is for us so who can stand against us?
We find the second definition of fear of the Lord in “Terror of and Trembling” as in the Wrath of God. This is reserved for two types of people; those who refuse to accept God’s free gift of salvation, and those who curse or come against the “Apple of God’s Eye” namely His Chosen Israel. God says, speaking to Abram, in Genesis 12:2-3 (KJV) “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shall be a blessing:And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
The result of this curse is fulfilled in Revelation 20:7-10 (MSG) “When the thousand years are up, Satan will be let loose from his cell, and will launch again his old work of deceiving the nations, searching out victims in every nook and cranny of earth, even Gog and Magog! He’ll talk them into going to war and will gather a huge army, millions strong. They’ll stream across the earth, surround and lay siege to the camp of God’s holy people, the Beloved City (Jerusalem). They’ll no sooner get there than fire will pour out of Heaven and burn them up. The Devil who deceived them will be hurled into Lake Fire and Brimstone, joining the Beast and False Prophet, the three in torment around the clock for ages without end.”
These armies are made up of those who choose not to follow God. This war will take place after the Tribulation and the Millennial reign. See Ezekiel 38 and 39 and the Book of Revelation.
The Good News is that we who believe will already be in Heaven when this final battle takes place. In fact, the Book of Revelation says we will be part of the Lord’s army!
So, how do you fear the Lord now? Is it with trembling and terror or worship and awe?
If it is with trembling and terror all you have to do is confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and ask Him into your life and forgive your sins. Tell Him you receive His gift of Salvation and thank Him for dying on the Cross and paying the penalty for your sins. That’s all there is to it.
Next find someone you know to be a Christian, someone who truly walks the walk and tell them and me about your decision to follow Christ. They will hook you up with a good Bible believing Church and help you to grow in your faith. In the meantime you can hook up with www.GETV.org that’s Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, TX online. They have many videos and connections to help you. You can also check out your local Christian radio station. They will have some local contacts for you, also.
Best wishes on your walk with Christ.