One of the most valuable attributes the Christian can have is the fear of the Lord, but what is it exactly? And how does one get it? In this exposition I want to share 7 Scriptures on this valuable treasure. Let me just say that Holy Writ is exhaustive on this topic so I will not be able to cover it all, but hopefully this will serve as a tool to help you dig into an essential doctrine of the Christian faith.
- We have to begin with the Proverb from King Solomon, son of David. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 Here we have the foundation of all wisdom. If anyone desires to be wise, they must have the fear of the Lord.
- Again, one might wonder how they can obtain this treasure and quite simply: it must be taught to you. The Holy Spirit, through His servant-king David tells us: “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” Ps. 34:11 In order to be taught, we must be teachable, willing to learn and understand that as much we think we know, we have much more to learn; only to discover we truly know nothing as we should.
- Jesus teaches us the fear of God as well: “"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!” Luke 12:4-5 Typically when one thinks of the fear of God, it’s in reference to reverential fear- but this is another element to consider.
- The LORD declares through His Prophet Isaiah that He ought to be the object of the people’s fear: “"It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.” Isaiah 8:13 No need to fear man. No need to fear the future. Only fear God.
- Apostle Paul uses the Greek word “phobon” to describe what Scripture calls “the terror of the Lord.” “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” 2 Cor. 5:11.
- We have such great confidence and reassurance when walking in the Fear of the Lord. The Psalmist again tells us, “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.” Psalms 34:7 The fear of the Lord is a hedge of protection, a refuge that shields us from the evil one. I’m sure this is why Job was always protected, because he feared God and shunned evil (Job 1:2).
- Fearing God and hating evil go hand-in-hand.“By loving-kindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.” Prov. 16:6 To fear God is to know God and to know God is to love God and to love God is hate evil, especially our own.