The fear of the Lord is not something that comes naturally, but that must be learned. It is in fact, the essence of the true religion. An “ essence ” is what makes something what it is. It is the real nature of a thing. The fear of the Lord is the real nature of the religion ( the religion of undeserved grace ), the way of life, of God. It is in us to fear instinctively when we are little children. We fear being left alone; we fear falling; we fear sudden noises; we fear the dark & lighting, and thunderstorms. We fear many things almost instinctively because our first reaction is always to protect the self. Not all these fears are wrong or negligible by any means, for they are what cause us to act to preserve our lives. “ Oh taste and see that Yahweh is Good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Oh fear Yahweh, you saints, for there is no lack with those who fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger, but those who seek Yahweh shall not lack any good thing. Come, you children, listen to me. I will teach you the fear of Yahweh. “- Psalm 34: 8 – 11.
The fear of the Lord does not come so naturally. We have to begin doing it consciously, and we have to learn to do it and grow in it. The Bible shows that it is not in man to fear God instinctively. Find as follows the few key points of the learning process:
- God’s creation: the awesome act of creation described into the whole Book of Genesis;
- respect of God’s word: having a high regard for the Bible, the word of God, is an essential pact of growing in the fear of the Lord. When we take time to read Scriptures and commit to applying its universal, non-optional truths, we learn more about the nature of God, His ways, and our role as His creatures;
- learn from scriptural examples: God’s glory and holiness call for our worship and submission;
- welcome God’s chastening: when we rebel against God’s holiness, we will surely face consequences;
- give a tithe of your increase: one of the purposes of giving the tithe is to learn to fear the Lord;
- recall the Chief Duty of the man: Ecclesiastes 12: 13 – 14 ” This is the end of the matter. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil. “