Recently, I’ve been thinking about the Biblical emphasis on what’s called “the fear of the Lord.” In my interactions with students and young leaders, and in my general observations of contemporary culture, it’s not something I hear talked about very often these days. If it’s brought up at all (which it rarely ever is), it’s not really understood.
It’s easy to ignore it or disregard something when we think it doesn’t really matter. But, when we see it’s true value for us, we have a tendency to be more attentive. Here are five benefits of the fear of the Lord.
1. The Fear of the Lord is the Starting Point for Wisdom
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”
2. The Fear of the Lord is Better than Money
Proverbs 15:16 “Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.”
3. The Fear of the Lord Helps Us to Avoid Evil
Proverbs 16:6 “Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.
4. The Fear of the Lord Can Help You Live Longer
Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
5. The Fear of the Lord Leads to Contentment
Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”
Why would’t you want to have a longer life, a more contented soul, or greater wisdom? Proverbs says that all of these things are linked to having the fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is foundational. Popular contemporary ideas can tempt our souls to drift from time-tested Biblical truth, but this is to our peril.
The lie that having respect for God and his ways is going to hinder our fun is as old as humanity itself (see Genesis 3). It’s just not so. Respect for God (“the fear of the Lord”) and obedience to his commands is always a good idea. It leads to life.
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