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November 30, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

What does it mean to fear God?

What does it mean to fear God?

What, then, does it mean to fear the Lord? When we truly fear the Lord, we will recognize that He is the Creator and we are the creatures. He is the Master and we are the servants. He is the Father and we are the children. This attitude will manifest itself in our having a respect for God, His word and in our having a desire to do what He tells us to in His Bible. We can relate this kind of fear to that which a child has for his parents. If the right kind of fear is present, the child knows that his parents can hurt him if there is disobedience, but overriding that fear is the knowledge that disobedience hurts the parents and the child loves and respects his parents and does not want to hurt them. To put it simply, the fear of the Lord is a deep seated reverence for God that causes men to want to please Him at all costs.

Oswald Chambers, “The remarkable thing about fearing God is that, when you fear God, you fear nothing else; whereas, if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”

Source: Sermons and Outlines (link)

* To be fair: I think the Chambers quote is a bit of a hyperbole for most folks given that its natural to have some fear of earthly death. But, I think it makes an interesting point none-the-less. Perhaps Chambers quote makes more sense if read in context.

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