The Fear of the LORD (having first appeared here at Justification by Grace on December 22, 2009) “Better is little with the fear of the…
“But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:” —Judges 7:10
Have you ever felt inadequate in any service to the Lord? Have you ever been afraid of unbelieving men? Have you ever felt unworthy of the Lord’s calling? Have you ever doubted whether you were even hearing from the Lord? Were you ever afraid of failing miserably in the huge task that you know the Lord has called you to do? If you have ever felt like that, then take heart dear soul, as Jehovah has used servants just like you. Gideon is a great example of a frightened man who feared the Lord.
“Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.” —Jeremiah 10:7
Despite the idolatry of the heathen kings surrounding Judah, the LORD God is King of kings. He is sovereign God and in control. Jehovah warns the house of Israel not to learn their vain customs (Jeremiah 10:2-3). The LORD reveals to them that these carvings of wood, plated and decorated with silver and gold (Jeremiah 10:4), are not the true and living God, that they have no power and will perish from the earth (Jeremiah 10:11-12). He tells us not to be afraid of these “gods” but rather to fear Him.
“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.” —Isaiah 52:13
One of the most tragic graces we have lost today in our Christianity is the fear of the LORD, and reverence for Jesus Christ, in particular. As the enemy, the world, or corrupt flesh delight to tear us away from God’s holy Word and the truth at the center of Christ, and Him crucified, and the more we forget, or forsake, the truth of the Cross, the greater the caricature we make of our Lord. Soon, the holy and beloved Son of God becomes our pal, our bro, our home boy, and a host of other common titles, that though the names are not offensive in and of themselves, the mere thought of the irreverence directed toward the holy Redeemer should turn our stomachs and bring forth from our eyes a fountain of tears.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).