The fear of the Lord is the reverential fear that comes from a place of being sensitive to his Person; With a singleness of heart.
“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; “Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name” (Psalm 86:11).
This reverential fear produces respect and obedience that keeps us from the ungodly actions, attitudes, and environments that would jeopardize our chances of having the life the Father intended for us.
The fear of the Lord also includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment on sin. “Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” (Hebrews 12:6)
His chastisement, though done in love, is still a fearful thing. “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”.(Hebrews 10:31)
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent”(Rev 3:19)
Imagine living in a world void of the consequences, resulting from bad behaviour.
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching”(Proverbs 1:8).
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (Rom 13:1-14)
The power of sin can only be broken when we Love and reverence the Lord with singleness of heart, taking his word into account and meditating on it.
“If you love me, keep my commands”(John 14:15).
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (psalm 119:11)
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right”.(2 Tim 3:16)
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do”(Joshua 1:8).
“The Lord is gracious and slow to anger; His graciousness should never be taken for granted. “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands” (Psalm 119:60)
“Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:13).
“Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have not been true to me, and have neither remembered me nor taken this to heart? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me? (Isa 57:11)
“I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the LORD when I take vengeance on them”(Ezekiel 25:17).
Another translation says: “I will execute terrible vengeance against them to punish them for what they have done. And when I have inflicted my revenge, they will know that I am the LORD.”
We all get it wrong. We make bad choices and decisions, do and say the wrong things;
In fact “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all”(Isa 53:6).
It is imperative that we take healthy advantage of God’s grace, and turn from our wicked ways, back to the Lord; For he is a consuming fire.
He affirms, yet chastens.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?(Rom 6:1)
But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict His wrath on us? I am speaking in human terms.(Rom 3:5)
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? By no means!(Rom 6:15)
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man” (Matt 24:37-39).
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. (Rev 22:12)