Verse of the Day

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fear of the Lord!



Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."

God is love. God is good. God is also committed to teaching us, training us and conforming us into the image of God. He loves us enough to be more concerned with our character than He is with our comfort. 

When we truly fear the Lord, we will recognize that He is the Creator and we are the creatures. He is the Master and we are the servants. He is the Father and we are the children. He is the Teacher and we are the learners. When we fear the Lord, we will respect God and His Word. We will want to please Him by doing what He tells us to do in the Bible because we know He has our highest good in mind. 

To put it simply, the fear of the Lord is a deep seated reverence for God that causes us to want to please Him at all costs. Oswald Chambers wrote, "The remarkable thing about fearing God is that, when you fear God, you fear nothing else; whereas, if you do not fear God, you fear everything else."

In order to get to this point where we can truly fear Him, we must know Him. We will only grow to know Him more intimately by spending time in His Word and talking to Him!!!  The best time for prayer isn't found. It's made. The average Christian spends very little time in prayer and then wonders why they have no faith and experience no power. If we are too busy to pray, we are too busy to experience the power of God. We can be very busy, but not necessarily productive because we lack faith. One of the main reasons we lack faith is that we don't pray. Consistent prayer builds consistent faith.

Come to Him in prayer with a sense of reverence and awe. Understand that He is God. He is holy. He is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-wise. God's love is unending and His mercy knows no bounds. God willingly sent His Son, Jesus, to bridge the gap between a perfect God and an imperfect people. He longs to hear your voice and is delighted when you pray.

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