Monday, May 01, 2017


by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

The Fear of the Lord. What is it? And why is it important to have?

We live in a time of increasing lawlessness. There is little respect for authority, whether it be parental, institutional, governmental, or church authority.  Students are rioting on campuses, demanding rights without responsibility. The reason for this rebellion against authority is that people have lost the fear of God.

What is the fear of God? The fear of God is a holy reverence and respect for Who He is and for what He has commanded. It is an understanding and an appreciation that God is not our buddy but that He is the Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe.  

Unfortunately, we live in a day in which the world does not even acknowledge God. Worst of all, even many in the Church have reduced God to an image of their own making. Some have made Him a bosom buddy who cuts us some slack because we are, after all, human.  Others have made Him a butler who does their every bidding.  Others have made Him a dispenser of goodies whose only desire is to make us happy.

Dear ones, this is NOT the fear of the Lord! This is reducing God to the level of man. It is to create our own God based on what we want Him to be to us. In short, this is idolatry!

The fear of God is a holy reverence and respect for Who He is
and for what He has commanded.

Why must we fear the Lord? For many reasons. Here are a few:

1–God deserves to be feared. He is almighty, all-knowing, and absolutely majestic. He is the only uncreated Being Who has always existed and always will exist. He is supreme in every way.

2–We cannot be wise without fearing the Lord. Scripture says this: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9: 10).  If we want to make wise choices in life, we must start with the right foundation of fearing the Lord. Fearing the Lord means realizing that He is always watching us and that, one day, we will stand before Him to give an account of every thought, word, and deed of our lives.

3-We cannot avoid evil without fearing the Lord. God is not only the God of mercy; He is also the God of justice. When we look upon God only as the God of love, we are tempted to think that He will let our sin slide by. But when we keep in mind that God is also the God of justice, we will have a greater incentive to stay away from evil in order to avoid His judgment.

If you have not been fearing the Lord, repent, and start fearing Him! As the Word promises in 1 John 1: 9, But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

For an outstanding book on the topic of the fear of the Lord, I encourage you to read The Fear of the Lord by John Bevere available here at my affiliate link.

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Have you been fearing the Lord?  If not, why not? How will you begin fearing the Lord? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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  1. MaryAnn it is very troubling to see the lack of scruples in all walks of life; the behavior of people in stores, on television, and the general lackadaisical manner that seems to have us in its grip. I am watching for the Return of Jesus.