Scripture: Psalms 25:12 (NIV) "Who is the man that fears the Lord?
we speak of the fear of the Lord we are not talking about being afraid
of Him as though He were a mean and hateful God, for the Lord is not
vicious or abusive in any way. Instead, God is defined as love and all
that He does is motivated by the love that is within Him. Even His
correction shows His love for us. He corrects us because He hates sin
and His chastisement is meant to keep us from further sin. It was
because of God's great love that He made the ultimate sacrifice and
sent His only begotten Son into the world to die for our sins. He paid
a great price for us and that indicates that is He is for us and not
against us. God does, however, set righteous standards for us.
He wants us to be so full of His Holy Spirit that we emulate Him and
His kingdom in the Earth and that we show forth His glory to all
the Word speaks of the fear of the Lord, it refers to a holy reverence
towards the Lord and a respect for the things that He
represents. Proverbs 8:13 tells us that the fear of the Lord is to
hate evil. Then it goes on to list some of the evil things that God
hates, such as pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse speech.
If we truly fear or reverence and respect God, we too will hate the
evil that He hates and we will shun the evil temptations that come
against us. We will refuse to allow ourselves to be involved in evil
because God's Spirit lives within us and evil is against His holy nature. And if we love God, we will obey His commandments.
Psalms 25:12-14 lists several things that belong to you when you choose to fear or reverence the Lord.
1) God will instruct you in the way that has He has chosen for you.
2) You will spend your days in prosperity.
3) Your descendants will inherit the land.
4) The Lord will confide in you and you will know His secrets.
5) The Lord will make His covenant known to you.
is not blind, deaf or naive. He knows the ones who truly fear Him just
as an earthly father knows when his own children respect and reverence
him. One of the virtues of God is that He is not a man who will lie or
deceive. You can depend upon every Word
that He has spoken. If God said it, it will come to pass. You can be
assured that He is watching for those who fear Him and He will reward
them accordingly. +++