I love that commercial! It raises the question, what are you and I afraid of? Many in our culture think that FEAR is a dirty word, but it isn’t. There are times when we ought to be overwhelmed by fear. The fear that hits you when you come home to find you’ve been robbed and you don’t know if the thief is still in your house. The fear that the medical tests won’t come back negative. The fear that your mother-in-law is coming to live with you . . . forever (just kidding about this last one).
But what’s the more important and often overlooked fear? The fear of the Lord, of course. Here’s what Scripture has to say about fearing Him:
And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
“‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.
Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the Lord your God.
Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.
He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”
1 Chronicles 16:25
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
2 Chronicles 19:7
Now let the fear of the Lord be on you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.”
2 Chronicles 19:9
He gave them these orders: “You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the Lord.
2 Chronicles 26:5
He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.
These are just a few of the many passages that tell us to FEAR the Lord. The fear of the Lord caused the Israelites to put their trust in the Lord and in Moses. The fear of the Lord is something that must be learned. God’s power is often connected with fearing Him. Fearing Him ought to cause us to judge carefully, not to show any injustice or partiality or engage in bribery. Our service to the Lord ought to be faithful and wholehearted because of our fear of Him. Success was given to King Uzziah because he had been instructed in the fear of God. As a result, he sought the Lord and the Lord gave him success!
Wow! I need to think a lot more about fearing the Lord. You?