A question raised by our daughter after our bedtime prayer when I asked – “Lord, thank you for Journy’s heart, her healthy body, and her mind. I pray that you will bless her with wisdom, and that she will live her life with fear of You…..”
She quickly sat up looking confuse, “Mama, why should I fear God when He is good?”, she asked.
I am not good in explaining things. Sometimes my choice of words are poor and everything I would like to say get all twisted…. but I tried the best I can many times.
She did not get it at first but after a while of reminding myself to talk to her about it, she told me she understood.
Fearing God does not mean hiding or running away from Him.
When we fear God, we acknowledge Him first before we do anything thru prayer, our means of communicating to Him.
We consider what is right and pleasing before Him. We take heart His teachings, His words and it becomes our guide in making decisions. It give us understanding. It keep us away from trouble.
It teach us to show kindness to others and to ourselves.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32
We are to love and care for ourselves because He created us. We are the work of His hands. We should not harm our bodies that He designed.
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, Ephesians 5:29
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
We have to give Him the respect and honor that He deserve.
Living with fear of the Lord teach us humility and bring us abundance of peace.
But in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. Acts 10:35
The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short. Proverbs 10:27
Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalm 111:10
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:7
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; … Psalms 1:1-6