The fear of the Lord is that understanding of God’s greatness and power and man’s accountability toward Him. A scriptural and saving knowledge of God is the greatest need of every person. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshiped. Belief in God is the foundation principle of the Christian faith. The writer of the book of Hebrews said, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him,…” (Hebrews 11:6)
The fear of the Lord leads to finding the knowledge of God. “If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:4-5) The fear of the Lord awakens feelings of gratitude and love. The fear of the Lord leads us to the Bible so that we might gain the knowledge of God.
The fear of the Lord causes us to depart from evil. God commanded, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:7) He also said, “…By the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6) No one who knows himself should be conceited. There is no experience more humbling than to come face to face with our own sins. One who thinks he knows everything will never come to fear God. Watch and pray constantly against the spirit of self-conceit.
The fear of the Lord produces a satisfied life. “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.” (Proverbs 19:23) A Godly life is a happy and satisfied life, here and hereafter. The fear of the Lord produces a true life. True life, genuine satisfaction and freedom from sin are all blessings of the fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord will cause you to obey the gospel quickly. To become a Christian you must hear the gospel and believe (John 6:44-45), repent of sins (Acts 2:38), confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized into Christ. (Romans 6:3-4)
(From “The Report,” bulletin of the Walnut St. church, Greenville, Ala.)