Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fear of the Lord

Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.  (Proverbs 15:16 NLT).

   I love this verse of Scripture because it depicts our families way of life.  If you compare our way of life to that of the rich and famous we were considered by their worldly standards to be poor, but you know what, we never knew we were poor.  Good health and contentment are far more valuable than a lot of possessions that will ultimately rust and fall to ruin.

   We've always had a healthy "Fear for the Lord."  I like Warren Wiersbe's definition of the Fear of the Lord.  He says, "if we truly fear the Lord," we acknowledge from our hearts that he's the Creator, we're the creatures; He's the father, we're his children; He's the master, we're the servants.  It means to respect God for who he is, to listen carefully to what he says, and to obey his word, knowing that our disobedience displeases him, breaks our fellowship with him, and invites his chastening."

   This is not servile fear like a slave before his master, but a reverential and respectful fear of a child before his father.

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