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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
Some in the modern Church have tried to sanitize the concept of godly fear. They have suggested it is akin to merely respect or honor. The big problem with this is that the more we get a glimpse of God, the more we realize how great He is. We have no real point of reference to comprehend an Almighty God who is holy, all powerful, and ever present outside the limits of time and space. It would seem quite natural for fear to be part of the human reaction to God.
Fear can be a great thing because sometimes we need to be afraid to do the right thing. I recently noticed this while watching my nephews. No matter how much they love me and honor me. Fear of punishment and my ability to deliver justice is sometimes the only thing between them and a really bad decision. The same thing goes for us and God.
Godly fear leads to life. It should be embraced not avoided. When we know God, we will fear him in a way that keeps us from sin yet lets us know that we can’t find life without Him. The right kind of fear should not push us away from God; instead, it should cause us to cherish who He really is.
Inspiration Quotes: “If you ask me, the way to tell that a person knows God for real, I mean knows the real God, is that they will fear Him.”
-Donald Miller from Searching for God Knows What