The Life-Giving Fountain (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 79)
Proverbs 14:27 (NLT)
Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.
The greatest lesson you will ever learn in life is to fear the Lord. The greatest blessing you will ever receive in life will come as a result of your fearing the Lord. Fear of the Lord does not mean we are afraid of God or that He is unapproachable through prayer. It simply means that we choose to reverence and obey Him consistently and wholeheartedly.
When we fear the Lord, we experience peace of mind and soul. We no longer have to worry or work to obtain favor with God. Our fear of Him, or reverence for Him, leads us to trust Him, love Him, and be faithful to Him. Joy and comfort are over-flowing and ever-flowing fountains of life which yield a fullness of spirit and hope-filled heart that brings constant satisfaction and contentment. When we fear Him, we don’t have to yield to the fear of anyone else. No one in the world deserves our total commitment like God does.
Like we would respect our parents or an authority figure in our lives, God deserves the same kind of relationship. Sometimes, we tend to develop a flippant and free-wheeling relationship with God simply because we cannot see Him. God has invited us into a personal, intimate relationship with Him, but we are still to live in respect of Him and be in awe of His power, grace, and mercy.
To fear the Lord means we are aware of the fact that we are in the presence of God every minute of every day. He never closes His eyes from the activities of His children. This should propel us to relish in the pleasure of obeying Him fully and trusting Him perfectly. The fear of the Lord helps us to avoid being lured into the depths of sin because we know where to obtain better things in this life and for eternity. To fear the Lord is to depart from the snares of death and to experience life, peace, and blessings.
“The only God-ordained fear is the fear of God, and if we fear Him, we don’t have to fear anyone or anything else.”
— Mark Batterson