The Exceptional Fear
Proverbs 9: 10 (AMP)
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom…
F-E-A-R, Fear. Typically this word has a negative connotation. Usually when I think of fear, it’ll remind me of things which make me terribly uncomfortable, paralyzed, anxious and scared. But today, the fear we’ll be learning is an exceptional fear. The usual fear may set us into a fight or flight mode. But this exceptional fear draws us closer to God. It allows us to lead a life that is filled with wisdom, understanding, insights and revelation. More importantly, this exceptional fear motivates us to be more and more Christ-like.
The exceptional fear I’m referring to, is the fear of the Lord. Unlike the typical fear that arises from being scared of something or someone, the fear of the Lord stems from reverence and awe towards God. To be reverent means to have a deep and solemn respect. And awe is linked to the feeling of being amazed, pleasantly shocked and filled with wonderment.
The fear of the Lord impacts our lives positively. It causes us to avoid anything that displeases God. Such aversion is due to a love for God, and wanting to live a life that pleases and glorifies Him in everything we do. This exceptional fear will cause us to be submissive to His discipline. It rebukes every rebellious heart and humbles the proud. Isaiah 64:8 teaches us: “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” In pottery making, the potter puts the slab of clay on the potter’s wheel. The clay in its unshaped form has little use. But through the skillful hands of the potter, the clay is shaped to what the potter envisions it to be. Isaiah reminds us that God is our Potter. He has all the authority to mould, shape and build our lives in the way He plans. God created us with a purpose in mind that is to fulfill His Kingdom works on earth as it is in Heaven. By acknowledging that God is our Potter, we are reminded that we are purposefully and uniquely crafted by God. And this remembrance ought to cause us to be submissive to His will and His works. Paul teaches us in Ephesians 2: 10 that: “… we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This good work is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ – the Good News of the works Jesus did on the Cross for you and me. God wants all of His disciples to be UNITED, to evangelize and share with others this Good News!
This exceptional fear, the fear of the Lord, not only reminds us to be submissive to God, but also to worship Him in spirit and in truth. This heart of worship stems from being awed by God. John the apostle describes the natural response of all who are in the presence of God in Revelation 19:6: “After that I heard what sounded like the shout of a vast throng, like the boom of many pounding waves, and like the roar of terrific and mighty peals of thunder, exclaiming, Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! For now the Lord our God the Omnipotent (the All-Ruler) reigns!” Such attitude is a reflex response to the greatness of our God. Worshipping God isn’t limited to singing songs of praise and worship. Worshipping God is a lifestyle – a lifestyle of intimacy with God, glorifying Him, serving Him, communicating with Him and giving thanks to Him.
When we are filled with the fear of the Lord, that’s where we have wisdom. The wisdom and understanding to do everything God has commanded us to do.
Come, let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I surrender my life to You. Thank You for being my Potter who moulds and shapes my life to fulfill the purpose You have for me. I pray that You place in me, a Holy and reverent fear of You in every moment of my life. Help me to keep my eyes on You all day long and to live a life that pleases You. I commit to worship You with my heart, soul, mind and strength. Thank You, God. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!”