Several scriptures in the Bible extol Christians to fear God not the gods. Why should we fear God? How should we fear God? And why does Christians need to fear a loving God?
Fearing God; what does it entail? Simply it means obedience to God’s statutes, Laws and commandments.
Eccl 12:13-14: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Just like a father is pleased with a child that obeys and follows his instructions, Jehovah loves His sons who are willing to do His will and bidding.
The Bible says in Isaiah 1 vs. 19: If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (NIV). Just like the way a football team Coach scolds his players for not playing to instructions during a lost game, God punishes those that flouts and ignores His instructions.
Isaiah 1vs. 20 (NIV) – ‘but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it”
It is recorded in Dake’s Bible that King Saul made 21 unsuccessful attempts to assassinate David. Yet, when David had the opportunity of killing Saul his archenemy, he restrained himself out of the fear of God. Compare David’s attitude to that of a former Military ruler in Nigeria in the 80’s, who ordered the execution of his close friend for allegedly plotting a military coup. If the Military ruler had the heart of David, maybe the alleged coup plotter, a literary genius would not have been wasted.
What are the benefits of fearing God?
First, a God fearing person will be able to lead a righteous life free from sin. Second, the person will gain knowledge; possess divine wisdom, and good understanding, to cope with the crises of life.
“The fear of LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” -Proverbs 1 vs. 7 ¨
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of the wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. Psalm111 vs. 10
Third, the person will possess the spirit of God helping him/her in all things. “The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of the knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of his eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;” -Isaiah11 vs. 2-3 ¨
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one another” –John13 vs. 35