Deuteronomy 6 explains the “fear of the Lord” with these words:
“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy,
“So that you and your children and your children’s children may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life . . .” (Deuteronomy 6.1-2).
The commandment that corresponds to the “fear of the Lord” is this:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6.4-5).
The fear of the Lord involves a conviction that there is only one God.
God is “Plan A” and there is no “Plan B” to rely upon for the person who makes this confession.
In addition, the person who has the “fear of the Lord” loves God with all their heart, soul, and might.”
A Practical Expression of the Fear of the Lord.
When it comes to Jesus’ teachings, he had this to say about the fear of the Lord.
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more.
“But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!” (Luke 12.4-5).
If God is the “Plan A” of our lives, then we will not resort to a “Plan B” in the face of opposition.
A story that came out of the Chinese revolution tells of the army breaking in on a worship service. With pistol drawn the leader told the congregants that he would kill anyone who stood for Jesus.
In fear, people left the assembly until a sole young woman was left in the room.
With only the woman and the soldier alone in the room, he turned to her and said, “Now, tell me how I can become a follower of Jesus.”
The “fear of the Lord” declares that God is the “Plan A” of our lives and we trust no other.
Counsel for the Fearful
I don’t know about you, but I can recall several instances in my life when the fear of other people conflicted with the “fear of the Lord.”
I am thankful for this reminder from Jesus.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.
“But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12.6-7).
On many occasions I have told people something like this: “God knows your name. He knows you hurts, your failings, your fears, and your hopes. He is on your side.”
The truth is that we cannot tell the truth of God’s amazing love and interest in our lives well enough.
We can fully rely on the “Plan A” that involves complete reliance upon God, because God is entirely trustworthy.
Stand Up for Jesus
I remember walking in the door of a small country hospital with one of the nurses. She was carrying a Bible and I said to her, “Great book you’re reading.”
I have never forgotten how her face lit up with a bright reply, “He’s my man!”
That disarming and winsome response was a confession of faith in the One True God.
I’m sure it brought a smile to Jesus, because she was doing what he taught.
“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God;
“But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12.8-9).
I like to see the Christian life as part of a big advertising campaign for Jesus.
Every kind action or word in the name of Christ helps people think well of Jesus.
Think about your attitudes and actions as ways that bless people and cause Jesus to smile.
YouTube Video Tomorrow
Rudy Ross and I will record videos today for the next several days. I am looking forward to being able to provide videos once again – with the sound on this time!
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