What Fear of God isn’t
Here’s My “Fear of the Lord” Checklist:
1. People who fear the Lord shun evil.
28 And he said to the human race,
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28 (NIV)
In ancient Egypt, Pharaoh grew concerned because the enslaved Israelites kept multiplying. He ordered the two Jewish midwives to kill every boy born, but let the girls live. Slaves themselves, the two women repeatedly disobeyed, because they feared God. Afterwards they told Pharaoh a ridiculous lie which he believed. (Exodus 1:15-21.)
Were the Jewish midwives terrified of Pharaoh’s wrath? Yes–that’s why they lied. But even when faced with possible torture, both women kept doing what was right. Interestingly enough, the midwives’ quietly courageous defiance took place 80 years before God’s miraculous signs in Egypt.
So as far as the midwives knew, God hadn’t even nudged an ant hill for His people in living memory. But both still honored and feared their God.
In contrast, scripture often proclaims people who live evilly lack this characteristic. “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:9-18)
2. The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise. Psalms 111:10
3. Humility is the Fear of the Lord.
Humility is the fear of the Lord;
its wages are riches and honor and life. Prov 22:4 NIV
Proud Christians Rely on Themselves.
How about You?