Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Fear of God

"As we know from the Proverbs, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the soul of godliness (Prov. 1:7; 9:10; compare Job 28:28; Ps. 111:10). The fear of the Lord is the essence of true piety. Godly people fear God. Over 150 times, the Bible tells us so. When it describes the essence of Job's godliness as he withstands massive onslaughts of pain, loss and suffering, it says that he was a man who feared God (Job 1:1; 2:3). Strange, then, that it is the one characteristic that is very often missing from contemporary Christianity.

"The fear of God consists in a right appreciation of, and response to, who God is. It is the response of a believer to the nature and character of God as he has revealed himself. Principally, it is a response to that quality in God which we identify as his "god-ness' --- that is to say, his greatness and his majesty." --Derek Thomas

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