The Fear of the Lord
Scripture Reading: Genesis 22:1-19
Key Verse: Luke 12:4-5
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell.”
The first mention of the fear of God in scripture is found in our scripture reading today in Genesis. The story of Abraham being tested is an important lesson in placing our fear where it belongs, because, let’s face it, fear IS a part of life. To be clear, The Word of God is not contradicting itself by having an overwhelming amount of “fear nots” and just as many “Fear the Lord your Gods.” The fear of the Lord is about reverence.
We need to have a firm grasp on who God is and what He is capable of. Jonathan Edwards famously wrote a sermon in 1741 titled, “Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God.” This sermon was clear and descriptive about who we are without God and His gift of salvation. In reading this famous sermon, written for the unbeliever, you get a very real reminder of our need to proclaim the gift of salvation to the lost. Understand that we have no control over when and how we will leave this earth and only God has that power and knowledge. This should not cause the believer in Christ to be gripped with fear. This knowledge drives us to remain in Him, live FOR Him and call out to the lost with sense of urgency.
HOMEWORK: Google and read, “Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards.
Lord, I kneel before you in spirit and in truth, knowing that it is only by your will and grace that I wake up to a new day. Help me not to waste it on the things that will fade away with this earth. Instead, help me to live a deliberate life, following your commands, out of reverence to you.