4th February 2017

Godly Fear

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge–what knowledge? The true knowledge of who God is, as revealed in the Bible. He is Sovereign, Almighty God, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, dwelling in an unapproachable light. Peter says fear God in 1 Peter 2:17. And nothing will foster this Godly fear unless we come to recognise the Sovereign Majesty of God. Jesus had Godly fear and God heard Him (Hebrews 5:7).

I know John says there is no fear in love, that perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. Paul writes: “For God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). It is the love of God and the Holy Spirit that helps us to overcome the ungodly fear by which we are held by the devil. Hebrews 2:14-15 says that Christ through His death has destroyed the power of Satan and released all those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Satan’s fear is negative. Godly fear is positive and healthy. It promotes righteous living. Christians have to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13). Romans 3:15-18 tells us that the feet of the wicked are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their ways and there is no fear of God before their eyes.

A deep recognition of God’s Sovereignty humbles us as nothing else, and produces reverent fear which leads to a righteous life, bringing into subjection our rebellious hearts. We read in Isaiah 66:1-2 “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool…but on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” The fear of the Lord is also the beginning of wisdom and good understanding, which is more precious than gold and rubies (Psalm 111:10). And Job says, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28).

There was a time when it was a custom to call believers ‘God-fearing men and women.’ We do not hear it, as much, anymore. But as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him (Psalm 103:13). The Bible gives many examples of Godly men and women who feared God and obeyed Him and who walked by faith. Wise Solomon concludes, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). The angel in the book of Revelation says to every nation, tribe, tongue and people, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (Revelation.14:6-7).

Prayer
Father in heaven, I thank you for showing the need of godly fear. I obey You implicitly in the Lord. I pray and ask this in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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