One of the things the Bible strongly encourages the believer to do is to fear God. I want us to understand from the very onset that this is not the kind of fear which people have for bullies or the kind of fear we have when armed robbers are operating in our neighborhood, no! Rather, it is a reverential fear, it is a kind of respectful and reverential inward self-restraint from offending someone you love and respect.
In the Bible, under the Old Covenant, Moses the servant of God was explaining the essence of the commandments which God had given to the children of Israel to them. In Deuteronomy 1012, Moses said:
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, …”
Here, Moses was telling the children of Israel that the fear of God is expressed in conduct, in a way that pleases God and in heart commitment to His service.
None of us have seen God at any time. However, we believe that He exists, so the genuineness of our faith in His existence must be seen in our attitude and conduct toward God and before fellow men. Conducting ourselves in the fear of God is how we show God that we truly believe in Him and also demonstrate before men that God is real to us.
Even though God spoke through Moses in the above manner to the children of Israel, they always responded in a negative way and they continually reciprocated the goodness which God showed towards them by flagrant disobedience and calculated misdeeds.
Even after Moses the servant of God died and Joshua his deputy took over the leadership, Joshua kept admonishing them the same way Moses did. In the Book of Joshua 2414, Joshua spoke to them along the same line, saying to them
14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord”!
Today, believers are no longer under the ten commandments, but we are obligated to walking in love towards all men, because according to apostle Paul in the Book of Romans 139-10 ; obeying the law of love or walking in love towards others is equivalent to fulfilling all the other laws:
9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
A close observation of the general societal behavior today reveals an utter lack of the fear of God. We have many religious houses and institutions today, yet we see and hear of acts and behaviors that totally reveal a lack of the fear of God among ourselves as a people. Lawlessness, greed, immorality and every wicked vice abounds in the land. It is as if we are saying, “No man can stop me, I am answerable to no one, I am above the law.”
What those who perpetrate these acts seem to forget is that there is a God in heaven, who records all the evil deeds of the unrepentant and He will reward them with His severe judgment. Jesus Christ once said to those who were listening to Him as He preached:
27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Because we haven’t seen hell fire before, many seem to think it is a fairy-tale, and that it doesn’t exist. They think their wicked deeds will go unpunished. But such people are deceived, God will punish all and every evil deed, if those who indulge in them do not repent. The Bible says:
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Give your heart to God through Jesus Christ, He will birth the fear of God in you and everyday from today will take a new turn for the best. Have a good day.