The Fear of GOD

on September 12, 2014


By Simi Akinremi

Usually, we’re afraid of our parents because we know they have the upper hand and so we dread the things they may do if we tick them off. We try to please and obey them, and as much as possible emulate them because these are the things they want to see in us. Bottom line here is that, we’re scared of them for the things they’re capable of. Whether we love them or we don’t…
When we speak of our relationship with God, we often say we “fear” Him, but do we really know what it means to fear God?
Does it mean we’re scared? Are we afraid of Him ‘cause we know He’s got the world in His hands and He can crush it whenever He likes? After all…He’s God and nobody wants to be in trouble with the owner of the universe.
We lift up Holy hands and proclaim that we love God. But whether we love Him or not, we may still choose to fear Him because He’s our “customer-service guy”; the run to guy anytime something goes wrong, and a change is needed or a refund probably.
Some people may fear Him because they want to wake up in the morning for that job they go to everyday that meets certain needs of theirs. And of course, some people just fear God because… Well, because He’s God really.

We often forget that:

1. We are not meant to be afraid of God. He’s our Father and He’s not some uptight grouchy person who gets mad easily. The Bible says that God is slow to anger. Why then are we afraid of the man who says His thoughts for us are of good and not of evil?
2. We shouldn’t fear Him for all the wrong reasons. Understanding what the fear of The Lord is helps us to know the right reasons.
So what IS the Fear of God?
The fear of God can be described as showing true piety, which is reverence to God as Psalm 19:9 says, The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of Jehovah are true and righteous altogether. It is a fear conjoined with love and hope, and is therefore not a slavish dread, but rather, parental reverence. That is why, God is called “the fear of Isaac” that is, the God whom Isaac feared. Gen 31:42, 53.
A Holy fear is one we as children of God should have, working in ways acceptable unto God knowing that our salvation is on the line. We should serve God wholeheartedly and worship in spirit and in truth and let it serve as a reminder to us that He is not some dictator but our Father and so filial reverence should be given unto Him.

As seen in the New Testament, it serves as a prevention of carelessness in religion and a motivation for repentance. Philippians 2:12 says that, ‘So then, my loved ones, as you have at all times done what I say, not only when I am present, but now much more when I am not with you, give yourselves to working out your salvation with fear in your hearts’
In Hebrews 12:28-29, we are told to give God worship as pleasing to Him…in Fear and respect.

So why Fear God?

If you love God, you would wish to know more things about Him, you’d want to obey His commandments and run away from evil. So fearing God is shunning away from evil.
Fearing God brings divine wisdom which helps us to know Him, as a result of our quest to know Him, the Holy Spirit begins to dwell in us giving us a wise mind. The foolish see their ways as right and have no need to gain more knowledge especially because their love for God is not real. If it was, their fear for Him would lead to the beginning of wisdom.
The fear of God which represents Divine wisdom should guide us in the things we do. Thus, in conclusion we should fear God because we love Him and He loves us and that’s all there is to it.

(Proverbs 1:7, 3:7, 9:10)


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