A healthy and proper fear of God is sadly lacking in most parts of the world today. People are happy to think of theÃ‚Â love of God,Ã‚Â His goodness,Ã‚Â graceÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â mercy, but they are uncomfortable with thoughts of His pureÃ‚Â holiness,Ã‚Â sovereignty,Ã‚Â justice,Ã‚Â judgmentsÃ‚Â and awesome power.
And so many create a God of their own liking, a false god, and acknowledge and praise him insteadÃ¢â‚¬â€telling themselves that he is the real god. ThisÃ‚Â idolatrousÃ‚Â god in their mind, is a self-delusion, and often results from false teachings.
GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â inspiredÃ‚Â Word, theÃ‚Â Bible, provides an accurate description of what proper fear of the Lord is, and a lengthy record of what has happened when people failed to respect and honor God, and failed to be wary that God sees all, knows every thought and will most certainly provide righteousÃ‚Â justiceÃ‚Â againstÃ‚Â sinÃ¢â‚¬â€both external and internal. It is His very nature to do so.
He is so powerful that no one on Earth or in Heaven can sidestep His response to their wickedness. Be wary sinners, it is possible to make GodÃ‚Â FURIOUS.
There are many people who consider themselves Christians, but are not truly following Jesus Christ. They comfortably ignore the reality and fullness of who their Lord truly is.
The 2nd Person of theÃ‚Â Trinity, who we becameÃ‚Â incarnateÃ‚Â and known asÃ‚Â Jesus, is the very same Person who not only created the universe out of nothing, and createdÃ‚Â AdamÃ‚Â out of theÃ‚Â dustÃ‚Â of the Earth (and made his wife Eve from AdamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side). His enormous power is beyond our human comprehension.
This same Person EVICTEDÃ‚Â AdamÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â EveÃ‚Â fromÃ‚Â paradiseÃ‚Â because of theirÃ‚Â sinÃ‚Â and newly bornÃ‚Â wicked nature. He placed theÃ‚Â curseÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â deathÃ‚Â on that couple and all their descendants, including you and I.
When theÃ‚Â depravityÃ‚Â of man degenerated into extreme evil and spread worldwide, that same Divine Person destroyed them allÃ¢â‚¬â€devastating the entire Earth with a globalÃ‚Â floodÃ‚Â catastrophe, saving onlyÃ‚Â NoahÃ‚Â and his family.
Whether they realize it or not, all people of the worldÃ‚Â stillÃ‚Â live DAILY with the enormous effects of that immense judgment on human sin.
If you are unGodly, you should absolutely tremble at GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all-knowing presenceÃ¢â‚¬â€His full knowledge of every single one of your selfishness wicked thoughts and deedsÃ¢â‚¬â€and your repeating failures to do what is trulyÃ‚Â goodÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â right
God is deadly serious aboutÃ‚Â sin and sinners.
Not many years after the Flood, mankind again began a rapid degeneration into great evil and attempted to form a one world government and an idolatrous religion at a place calledÃ‚Â BabelÃ‚Â (later known asÃ‚Â Babylon).
Again, God moved powerfully and decisively. In a single instant, He took away humanityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s single languageÃ¢â‚¬â€the language of the pre-Flood world. To this day, we live with the strong effects of this confusion of langauges and the dispersal and divisions that resulted.
Later, God utterly and spectacularly destroyed the wicked of Sodom and Gomorrah. He even turned a mother into a pillar of salt, for disobediently looking back to those evil citiesÃ¢â‚¬â€in direct violation of His command. Through the following centuries, God rained downÃ‚Â plagues, greatÃ‚Â hailstonesÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â severe lightningÃ‚Â to destroy enemies of God. He commanded His Chosen People to destroy entire cities because of the stench of their evil and idolatrous ways.
Again, bear in mind that all these judgments are from that same Person of the Holy Trinity that we now know asÃ‚Â Jesus Christ, theÃ‚Â Messiah. When He came to Earth in the 1st century, He presented himself inÃ‚Â amazingly great humility,Ã‚Â mercy,Ã‚Â graceÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â love, but there is much more to His true nature to understand than just that aspect. There is also His awesome power, purity, righteousness and absolute justice. Scripture calls Him, THE JUST ONE. When He again returns to Earth (the 2ndÃ‚Â Coming), it will not be as before; His full nature will be obvious to all.
This same Person employs powerful angelicÃ‚Â DESTROYERSÃ‚Â to carry out His executions and other judgments on Earth.
Even GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chosen People needed to seriously fear GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s righteousÃ‚Â wrath
Sadly, wickedness arose among GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chosen People, and they wereÃ‚Â severely punished, as commanded in no uncertain terms by God (seeÃ‚Â punishments). The history of the Hebrews is lasting witness to GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s repeated judgment on their often evil thoughts and behavior.
Even the religious leadership of the Hebrews was not immune. TwoÃ‚Â priestsÃ‚Â (sons ofÃ‚Â Aaron) broke some fundamental rule of consecration in their offering of Ã¢â‚¬Å“strangeÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“unauthorizedÃ¢â‚¬Â incense fire to the Lord, and He immediately consumed them with fire from Heaven (Leviticus 10:1-3).
Sadly, the religious leaders of the Jews often becameÃ‚Â hypocritesÃ‚Â and the worst offenders of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s commands. TheÃ‚Â PhariseesÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â scribesÃ‚Â became greedy and self-serving, instead of the pure,Ã‚Â holy,Ã‚Â kind and loving servantsÃ‚Â of God they were meant to be. (See our article on the occasion ofÃ‚Â the widowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2 mitesÃ‚Â and the judgment Christ prophecied did as a result)
What right does God have do do such things?
You are our Father;We are the clay,and You our potter;And all we are the work of Your hand. Ã¢â‚¬â€Isaiah 64:8 NKJV
Do you thus deal with the Lord,
O foolish and unwise people?
Is He not your Father, who bought you?
Has He not made you and established you? Ã¢â‚¬â€Deuteronomy 32:6 NKJV
For the Godly obedient, what does it mean to have Ã¢â‚¬Å“the fear of the LordÃ¢â‚¬Â?
In the Old Testament, the fear of theÃ‚Â LordÃ‚Â is an indication of true devotion and reverance. It is a fear combined withÃ‚Â loveÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â hope, and is therefore not a slavish dread, but rather the respect and reverence of children for their Heavenly Father.
The fear of the LordÃ‚Â is the beginning of knowledgeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Ã¢â‚¬â€Proverbs 1:7a KJV
TheÃ‚Â LORDÃ‚Â isÃ‚Â mercifulÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â gracious,
Slow toÃ‚Â anger, and abounding inÃ‚Â mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep HisÃ‚Â angerÃ‚Â forever.
He has not dealt with us according to ourÃ‚Â sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
SoÃ‚Â great is HisÃ‚Â mercyÃ‚Â toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
SoÃ‚Â the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we areÃ‚Â dust. Ã¢â‚¬â€Psalm 103:8-14 NKJV
Fear of the Lord, for Christians
AÃ‚Â holyÃ‚Â fear of the LordÃ‚Â is also urged in theÃ‚Â New TestamentÃ‚Â to prevent carelessness in relationship to God, and as an incentive forÃ‚Â repentance. During the pivotal time of the Early Church, God publicly killed a husband and wife (AnaniasÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â Sapphira) who attempted toÃ‚Â deceiveÃ‚Â God and theÃ‚Â ChurchÃ‚Â (Acts 5:5).
Knowing, therefore,Ã‚Â the terror of the Lord, we persuade menÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Ã¢â‚¬â€2 Corinthians 5:11a NKJV
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness inÃ‚Â the fear of God. Ã¢â‚¬â€2 Corinthians 7:1b NKJV
submitting to one another in theÃ‚Â fear of God. Ã¢â‚¬â€Ephesians 5:21 NKJV
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦serve God acceptably with reverence andÃ‚Â godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. Ã¢â‚¬â€Hebrews 12:28b-29 NKJV
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
ForÃ‚Â those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And HeÃ‚Â scourgesÃ‚Â every son whom He receives.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€Hebrews 12:5b-6 NASB
I saw anotherÃ‚Â angelÃ‚Â flying in midheaven,
having an eternalÃ‚Â gospelÃ‚Â to preach to those who live on the earth,
and to every nation andÃ‚Â tribeÃ‚Â and tongue and people;
and he said with a loud voice,
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fear God, and give HimÃ‚Â gloryÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€Revelation 14:6-7 NASB
PaulÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s instructive reference to the Mountain of Fear and the Mountain of Joy
TheÃ‚Â ApostleÃ‚Â PaulÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â letter to the HebrewsÃ‚Â contrasts the fearsome scene GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chosen People faced at MountÃ‚Â SinaiÃ‚Â with what God now offers theÃ‚Â redeemedÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â regenerateÃ‚Â soul through ChristÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazingÃ‚Â fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, and to the blast of aÃ‚Â trumpetÃ‚Â and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. For they could not bear the command,
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If even a beast touches the mountain, it will beÃ‚Â stoned.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And so terrible was the sight, thatÃ‚Â MosesÃ‚Â said,
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am full of fear and trembling.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But you have come to MountÃ‚Â ZionÃ‚Â and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads ofÃ‚Â angels, to the general assembly andÃ‚Â churchÃ‚Â of theÃ‚Â firstbornÃ‚Â who are enrolled inÃ‚Â heaven, and to God, theÃ‚Â JudgeÃ‚Â of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, theÃ‚Â mediatorÃ‚Â of a newÃ‚Â covenant, and to the sprinkledÃ‚Â blood, which speaks better than the blood ofÃ‚Â Abel. Ã¢â‚¬â€Hebrews 12:18-24 NASB
Source: Christian Answers