Recently, I wrote about the subject of the ‘Fear of the Lord.’ Fear of the Lord is understanding His magnificence, His omnipotence, as well as sharing His intolerance of sin and hatred of evil. To fear the Lord is to NOT fear man. Proverbs 1:7 tells us that ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.’ Clearly, the knowledge and understanding of the benefits of fearing and serving the Lord have been lost as the Church has gradually been enticed away from God by the world. Hosea 4:6 gives us the warning that ‘My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge’ and fear of the Lord is a very powerful spiritual dynamic that the body of Christ sometimes rebels against or fails to understand.
We have, embedded within our mind, emotion and will, the need to seek a protector, a safe haven and place of security in our own personal lives and the lives of our families. It seems that all unbelievers and many born-again believers have sought safety and refuge in man-made institutions, corporations, governments, investments or groups of other people. By making a conscious decision to seek the praise of, to fear and to ultimately serve man, they have effectively placed their lives at the feet of the entity that provides their income. They continually hope and strive to ensure that they are valued and that their source of income, whatever it may be, will not be disrupted or lost. They constantly seek the praise of those that control their income and they fear these people, and serve them. It isn’t uncommon for them to totally neglect their parental and marital responsibilities under the guise of providing for their own or their family’s future. The secular world may call it a career but, in reality, it is voluntary bondage. It is the consequence of men and women turning their backs on God. These people have made the wrong decision. By choice, they are now required to live in constant fear of economic crisis and the loss of praise and being valued by men. If the economy or their popularity stumbles, or some man’s perception of their value slips, there goes their safety and place of refuge
If, on the other hand, you have fear of the Lord, you will seek only His praise and approbation. You will seek shelter and protection in Him and only Him. Proverbs 14:26-27 says ‘In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.’ If have wisely chosen to fear the Lord and not man you will not seek safety and refuge in worldly investments, assets, or position and status. Proverbs 15:16 says ‘Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.’ When you fear the Lord, the things that men will attempt to motivate you with, comfort you with, or threaten you with, will seem foolish and of no consequence to you.
While others wither under the pressures of corporate instability and economic uncertainty, you will have the utmost confidence that the Lord will continue to provide. He is Jehovah Jireh. You will have complete peace in situations where others are wailing and gnashing their teeth. You will be able to pray for repentance and salvation for the lost and for the misled people that you interact with every day. Because you fear the Lord and not your fellow man, you will be free to preach Christ to him without fear of reprisal. You will have tremendous Spiritual authority and be enabled and bold for Christ.
The refuge that many seek in their government, the economy and their investments will eventually be wiped away by the Lord just as some people wipe the dust from their bibles. Many will lose everything. But those of us that trust the Lord and fear Him will lose nothing because the things we have are given to us by Him. In these last days, we should take heart in Proverbs 19:23 where we are told that ‘The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied he shall not be visited by evil.’
If you have incorrectly chosen to fear and serve man, rather than our Father, please pray with me now.
Father I come to you with a repentant heart, asking for forgiveness. I know I’ve rebelled against you by trusting myself and putting my life in the hands of men and not you, my creator. I know that I have sinned against you and that your only Son, Jesus, died on a cross to pay for those sins. I believe that He was resurrected and sits at your right hand, waiting for the appointed time to return here for His Bride. I know that without you I can do nothing but that with you, I can do anything. I ask you to take my hand and lead me back to the path you have chosen for me. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.