5 Benefits of the Fear of the Lord

You Can't Afford To Live Without It

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.

Question: Which of these five benefits stands out most to you? Why? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Why You Should Plan Your Summer

For many people, summer brings changes in schedules along with warmer weather. This is particularly true for students and those who work with students, such as teachers, professors, and campus ministry leaders. This change of schedule is usually met with rejoicing by all, but summer goes quickly. To make the most of it, you should plan your summer.

Plan Your Summer

When I was in elementary school the summertime felt like an eternity. To be honest, there were days when I actually felt bored. (I know, that sounds shocking, right?!) That was a long time ago! I don’t think I’ve experienced the sensation of boredom in at least twenty years—in the summertime or at any other time. Of course, I have much more responsibility now than I did then, which actually brings me to my point. More responsibility, in combination with less structure, necessitates greater individual planning and responsibility.

Why You Should Plan Your Summer

Though the summertime may be, for many, a change of pace and a change of schedule, it will go by faster than you think. In order to get the most out of it (not just work, but relaxation too) you should plan your summer. Some people balk at this kind of suggestion, as if planning will kill any opportunity for real relaxation, or as if planning will somehow quench a Spirit-led lifestyle, but I believe it does just the opposite. By thoughtful planning, we can be freed, both from anxiety that we should be working when we are resting and from the bondage of overworking when we should be resting.

Include Both Work and Rest in Your Summer Plan

I know, “summer work” may sound like an oxymoron to some, but it’s not. Even though it’s summer, let’s face it, there is still work to be done. If you are a student on break from school, you probably need to be looking for a summer job, or studying hard to take a standardized test for grad school. If you are a campus minister, you probably have a lot of planning and preparing for the year ahead, some support to raise, and maybe even a mission trip or a summer project to lead. Plan out when you are going to do these things and stick to the plan! Work hard when it’s time to work (even in the summer).

You would also be wise to plan for some rest. Do some fun things that you can’t do during other times of the year. Grill out, go swimming, walk around your neighborhood. If at all possible, try to take a few days or even a week for a vacation. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or far away, such as a trip to Walt Disney World, so long as it is refreshing and a break from the regular routine of work. Many studies have shown that if you take time to be refreshed you will be more effective in your work. Rest will help to keep your priorities in alignment and can help you to strengthen important relationships in your life, with family members or close friends.

Be Willing to Adjust Your Plan

As important as it is to plan well, things happen. Sickness can delay plans, work can take longer than anticipated, and bad weather can sidetrack plans to go to the beach. When things happen to throw your plans off track, don’t throw you hands up in defeat and give up. Don’t throw the plan away completely. Revisit the plan and make adjustments. Without some level of real thought and commitment a plan doesn’t really exist, but plans can be changed and adjusted when they need to be. Be willing to adjust your plans to meet your summer goals.

Question: What goals do you have for this summer? You can leave a comment by clicking here.