Wednesday 28th November 2018
Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
The fear of the Lord does not mean being afraid of God. It means to have reverence for God, this means that the heart reveres God. Very few today consider or talk about the fear of the Lord. It just doesn’t seem to be in vogue with them. Some even argue that the subject of the fear of the Lord is not New Testament. Listen very carefully, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of the knowledge and wisdom of God. You are truly wise when you revere God; when you hold Him in high esteem. The fear of the Lord really dissuades you from doing evil. You don’t want to touch or do anything evil because you revere God.
Our opening verse tells us that the fear of the Lord is to hate evil, pride and arrogancy; and to hate the evil way and the froward mouth. Evidently, the fear of the Lord is a drive which compels and inspires you to love the Lord and to depart from all that He hates; it moves you emotionally to depart from evil. It is as strong as love and as hatred. Hebrews 1:9 tells us about the Lord Jesus Christ “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Note that He does not only love righteousness but also hates iniquity. That’s the fear of the Lord at work.
The New Testament freely and truly speaks of the subject of the fear of the Lord. In 2 Corinthians 7:1, the apostle Paul by the Holy Spirit teaches, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” He taught that holiness or godliness can be perfected in the fear of the Lord, which means without the fear of the Lord, holiness cannot be perfected.
Again, in Ephesians 5:21, the Apostle Paul teaches on the subject of submission: “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” It takes the fear of the Lord to walk in submission to one another in Christ. The fear of the Lord is so rewarding, it’s so clean. It purifies and cleanses from corruption. We steer clear of evil and unrighteousness by the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord brings the knowledge of the Lord to us, and it ministers wisdom, riches and honour to us. The fear of the Lord is a tremendous and incomparable blessing.
My Solid Front (Confession): Heavenly Father, I thank You for teaching me Your fear. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I walk in the fear of the Lord, as I steer clear of every evil and unrighteousness by the compelling and inspirational force of the fear of the Lord. Amen.