Reverential Fear of God: An Important Component of Obedience

Reverential Fear of God: An Important Component of Obedience

What is reverential fear, and how does it apply to understanding God?  Why is it important for us to fear God, because as we all are aware, He has not given us the spirit of fear?

To have reverential fear means to have reverence.  It involves humbling oneself to the point where God is viewed with awe and a level of the utmost or highest respect; there is no desire to disobey Him because you dare not disappoint Him or cause His wrath.  Everything concerning Him, is deemed holy and sacred, therefore it is imperative that the things of God are not to be desecrated or disrespected.  It is a learned behavior that is taught from childhood to adulthood, and it is passed down from generation to generation.  We demonstrate this reverence in our actions by showing our undying devotion and solitude to His word, while learning the knowledge it contains.  We practice this behavior by becoming submissive to Him completely, while at the same time recognizing His omniscience; God’s awesome presence and the fact that He is everywhere all at once.

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  The Amplified reads, “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge {its starting point and its essence}; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.”

When a worldly person is engulfed in darkness or ignorance, light is despised or avoided because it brings understanding and correction.  It is their imperfections that are put into the spotlight for everyone to see; in essence, they are amplified and magnified.  They find comfort in the assembly of ignorant people, because there is no responsibility or accountability for their actions; they are not viewed as being an outcast or someone who is different.  Their desires for fleshly things are not viewed as indifferent because it has become the norm of expectancy.  They are still of the flesh so they act accordingly.  To serve God means compliance to His word and people despise instruction.   People today are more worried about what their peers think about them, instead of following what the word of God says; knowledge is secondary.  They have become acclimated into thinking and acting worldly instead of spiritually and as a result, in their ignorance they desire the things that are contrary to God.

We are not of this world but, we are in it.  Therefore, we must continue to do a self-evaluation to make sure we are adhering to God’s instructions.  Greater is in us therefore, we must be a catalyst and not a reactor to a catalyst.  We change the environment instead of it changing us.


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  1. Robert Anderson : November 6, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Awesome Minister Worthy, I was ordained a Reverend in October 1999. I never used the title because most Churches don’t use this title. To reverence Christ is to Love him.

  2. Shirley Coffer : November 9, 2018 at 10:33 am

    That’s right on the mark Pastor Ron.

  3. Minister Worthy,

    When I was a child, I always heard people talking about fearing the Lord. I wondered how God could love us so much, and do so much for us, yet want us to fear Him. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I began to better understand what it meant to fear God. What I came to understand was just what you mentioned: Fearing God means I stand before him in awe of His wonder, it means I love Him so much I don’t want to disappoint Him, and it means I want to keep His commandments. What I found interesting is how you pointed out people have more reverence for their peers and worldly things than they do for God. Though we, as believers, are supposed to set the standard, many believers are watered down versions of what we are supposed to represent. We let too many things and people have a seat at the table. If we are to let nothing separate us from the love of God, we have to let go of those things and people that draw us away from the light and into darkness. We also have to repent daily and ask God to put us, as you often say, “in right standing” with Him. Reverential fear means we, as believers, know we are put on earth with an assignment to advance God’s kingdom, so we must not take that assignment lightly. Thank you for sharing and God bless!

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