Fearing God is such a misunderstood term. Fear is generally perceived as negative while here it is positive. Fear normally connotes danger while here it signifies reverence. Fear generally creates insecurity while here it takes you to security. Fear normally creates defensive reactions while here it should create offensive actions. Seeing such a wide divergence of meanings requires you to better understand fear in order to enjoy the full benefits of fearing God. These four interpretations of fear can help make the fear of the Lord your friend: 1) Seeing fear positively should cause you to grow in fear of God. A normal human response to something positive is to move toward or want more of it. In this case you want to have a growing fear of the Lord in order to live in greater security. 2) Your fear of God should create an increasing hunger for increasing your reverence and love for Him. It is this increasing reverence for God that opens your life to an increasing measure of His love, grace, and presence. 3) As you grow in knowledge and experience with God, your fear of God will increase, creating a more secure fortress in your life. The intimacy of your relationship with God will allow God’s promises and provisions to envelop your life. 4) Seeing the positive benefit of fearing God should stimulate your desire to know Him that much better, so that your fear of God can grow more. Knowing God better will take you further into His throne room. Instead of meekly hoping in God, your life now radiates God Himself! Before Stephen was stoned to death, it was recorded in Acts 7:55-56, “Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’” (NIV) My prayer for you is that you are filled with the wonder, reverence, and love of God instead of fear, anxiety, and insecurity when you encounter difficult times. You are safe in His secure fortress!
Psalm 147:11 “The LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” (NIV)