“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7, NLT)
“In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.” (Is. 54:14 NKJV)
As a bona fide child of God, you have received the gift of righteousness that enables you to reign in all circumstances of life. “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Rom.5:17 KJV).
God alone knows the way to Wisdom, he knows the exact place to find it. He knows where everything is on earth, he sees everything under heaven. After he commanded the winds to blow and measured out the waters, Arranged for the rain and set off explosions of thunder and lightning, He focused on Wisdom, made sure it was all set and tested and ready. Then he addressed the human race: ‘Here it is! Fear-of-the-Lord—that’s wisdom, and Insight means shunning evil.'” (Job 28:23-28, MSG)
The passage above tells us that it is only God that knows the way to everything we want in life no matter the location. Be it in the air, on the ground, in the sea or underneath the ground. God knows how we can get anything that we need. God went into His laboratory and performed some experiments after getting the result, He now came to a conclusion that wisdom will get you whatever you want in life but the caveat is the definition of wisdom—the fear of the Lord.
When you fear the Lord, every other thing will fear you. When we talk about fearing the Lord, it does not mean going about with a holier than thou attitude or shivering and shaking at everything. It simply means loving him and keeping His commandments. It means shunning evil. It implies complete obedience, instant obedience and obedience without question.
“And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,” (Deuteronomy 10:12, NIV)
“Let all the earth fear the Lord [revere and worship Him]; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:8-9, TAB)
He is interested in every detail of your life. I could only cry out that Lord let my life be pleasing unto you.
The word of God advises us to look at Jesus in everything that we do. Even though Jesus is Lord, look at what the word of God said about Him, “AND THERE shall come forth a Shoot out of the stock of Jesse [David’s father], and a Branch out of his roots shall grow and bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him–the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord– And shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears;” (Isaiah 11:1-3, TAB)
Though Jesus Christ is Lord, He still needed the spirit of the fear of the Lord to fulfill His ministry. You also need the fear of the Lord to fulfill your destiny. “We can’t allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly each of us will receive everlasting life at the proper time, if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9, GWT)
Why is it important to fear God?
- So that you do not end before you reach your end
- So that you can face the inevitable storms of life – “And there shall be stability in your times, an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the reverent fear and worship of the Lord is your treasure and His.” (Isaiah 33:6, TAB)
- So that you can obey the last command—2 Samuel 11:11-12
- So that every other thing will fear you—David 1 Samuel 18:12
- So that you can give up relationships that has a shameful future—Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 19:2-3)
- So that the devil will not make mince meat of you—Acts 19:14
- So that your achievements does not get into your head—