The Fear of God

We live in a world that seems to be careening out of control. The ends justifying the means has replaced any standard of absolute truth. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes and feels accountable to no one with no fear of consequences, no fear of authority, and no fear of God. God and His Word has been slowly discounted and drained out of public life with the result that hardly anyone knows what fearing God is. He has become a stranger to many.    The fear of God is a combination of reverence, respect, and obedience to God and His power. And what good is it to fear God? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning ‘of knowledge”. (Prov. 1 :7) The ways of God are beyond our human understanding, but his precepts are readily available to all in his Word. Knowing those directions adds clarity and meaning to how we should lead our lives. The fear of the Lord “prolongeth days” (Prov. 10:27) and causes us to “depart from evil”. (Prov.16:6) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Prov. 9:10) How many intelligent people do you know that end up doing some of the stupidest things? Many strive to be smart, but unless they apply their knowledge (wisdom), it does no good. A wise person will know what the results may be if he drinks and drives and avoids a potential accident. A person can be wise with- out God but “fear him, who after he has killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, fear him”. (Luke 12:5) It is a wisdom wasted if it is without eternity. A wise person will not allow himself to pass into judgement with- out making himself right with God. I personally knew a man in his early forties who went to bed one night, had a heart attack while sleeping and literally never woke up again. The joyous part of this tragedy was that he was a born again believer who made his salvation’ sure and lived that way. Earthly wisdom and knowledge has it’s benefits, but only for the small space of time allotted to us on earth. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Where am I going?”, and if God intervenes tomorrow, “Where will I be?”, for there is an eternity of time that follows this life and wisdom will seek after it. The wisest man in history, Solomon, said this in Eccl. 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man

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