FEARING GOD/ The Believer’s Conduct & Attitude, Lesson 2.
Key Text: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, NKJV)
Heart Questions: What does it mean to have the fear of God? How does fearing God add length to a person’s life? What does God require of us?
The word “fear” means to revere or reverence. Reverence is to prostrate in homage and worship – (that is, to be obedient to the one you pay this homage to). The fear of the LORD begins with a response that springs from one’s knowledge of his personal sinfulness as he realizes that he stands before a holy God. From Proverbs 16:6; 8:13; 3:7 and Job 1:1, 8 we gain the understanding of what it means to fear God, it means to depart from evil, sin and walk in the path of righteousness.
How does fearing God add length to a person’s life? Proverbs 10 states, “Obey the Lord, and you will live longer. The wicked die before their time.” (Proverbs 10:27, GNB) Does this means that those who fear the LORD shall live indefinitely, or beyond the time fixed in the unalterable purposes and decrees of God? No, because Job also affirms that the days of men are numbered! — “Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.” (Job 14:5, NKJV) Beloved, long life is promised to them that fear the LORD. It means that you will live a fruitful life. It means that whatever God planned for you in your life shall come to fruition. It means that God will protect you from evils and enemies who might seek to destroy/ shorten your life – “The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; His ears are open to their cries for help. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.” (Psalm 34:15–16, NLT). Does fearing God guarantee that you will live a long life? Yes. Listen to Yahweh’s promise to the righteous– “When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” (Psalm 91:15–16, NLT)
Action Step: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? — “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you but [reverently] to fear the Lord your God, [that is] to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being.” (Deuteronomy 10:12, AMP)
What does the LORD require of us? 1. To fear Him as Jehovah our God –(who created, protects/ preserves, and governs us); 2. To walk in all His ways; 3. To love Him with all our heart, soul, and strength (Deut. 6:5); 4. To serve Him. Serving God includes ministering to the needy (Isa. 58:6-7); bearing strong testimony/ witness for Him (Mt 5:16); proclaiming His goodness to the Nations; preaching the Everlasting Gospel (Rev 14:6-12) and the urgent need to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ; but above all, pledging our allegiance to Him.
The Appeal: For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God (Luke 12:5; Heb. 10:31). For the believer, the fear of God is something much different—It is the reverence of God.
Hebrews 12 gives us the best description of the believer’s fear, listen to this: “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.” (Hebrews 12:28–29, NLT) Beloved, reverence, obedience to God’s Law, and total commitment to His cause are the ingredients of the true fear of the LORD. To fear God simply means to depart from evil, sin and walk in the path of righteousness. Are you exercising these things in your life? Have you departed from all evil? Have you repented of your sins? Do you have a godly (holy) fear?
The Gospel’s Voice: “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” (Revelation 14:7, NKJV)
The Spirit of God is calling each one of us — to revere God, to give Him glory (honor and praise in worship), to fall down before Him; pay Him homage and adoration and worship Him who created heaven and earth, the sea and the springs (fountains) of water, why? For the hour of His judgment has arrived. Those who sincerely fear the LORD shall enter into Life (eternal Life), but those who disobey the LORD shall be judged, and be condemned to death, yes, even the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:15). My dear friends, when the Holy Spirit convicts you with this message, how do you respond? It is my prayer that you will respond positively, and begin the process of Fearing the LORD right away. Amen.
50 Devotional Thoughts on the Believer’s Conduct & Attitude/ Thought # 2: Fearing God / 200C-02 (Ecclesiastes 12:13)