The beginning of the really good stuff in one’s life is the fear of the Lord. Actually, without it we will continually find ourselves in muddy messes of our own making. However, the devil – aided by religion – has led us far astray as to what the fear of the Lord actually is.
It can mean “to be afraid.” However, the Hebrew word for fear has a much broader meaning.
The Boy In The Picture Fears His Father
The boy in the picture is demonstrating the “fear of his father.” His father is the lord of his life. He loves, respects, and trusts him. But, he is not afraid of him. This kind of fear is building a powerful bond between them.
It’s the same in spiritual terms. The intent of the instruction of the Scriptures to fear the Lord is not the idea of “be afraid of the Lord” as we typically identify the meaning of fear.
Religiously instructed naysayers will retort, “Sinners need to be afraid of the Lord. It will help them not sin.” Temporarily. Maybe.
Loving Respect Conquers The Desires Of The Flesh
Although fear of consequences might deter someone from sins of the flesh for a time, it doesn’t last. But loving respect permeates our inner attitudes and is much longer lasting. Fear, as we normally think of it, is temporary. Deep respect runs deep and saturates the soul in a way that fear can’t touch in human and spiritual relationship.
Worship And Awe
The attitude of worship and awe also describe the fuller meaning of the fear of the Lord. In fact one way of expressing the fear of the Lord using a contemporary phrase would be, “I worship the ground you walk on.”
The Source Of All Good Stuff
It is the deep daily nurturing of intimate respect for the Lord that causes us to want to be like “Daddy.” When we want to be like daddy, we begin to benefit from His wisdom and knowledge. We find our attitudes and actions rooted in a craving to know Him.
That, my friend, is the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of everything