Sequel to the last post, I will be discussing today the fear of the lord which is a requirement for access into the kingdom of God. I shall be taking some practical examples from the manual of life to show us the benefit of this attribute. What exactly is the fear of the lord? The fear of the lord is not the same thing as been afraid of God. Please don’t get it twisted, God wants you to fear him but he doesn’t want you to be afraid of him. To be afraid is bad, and God admonishes us not to be afraid or scared because it is from the devil.

The bible declares in Psalm 111:10,’’ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Good sense is shown by everyone who follows [God’s guiding principles]. His praise continues forever.’’ The fear of the lord is a reverential fear; it talks about respect for God, his commandment, and doing everything possible not to offend him. I want to show you from a passage the distinction between the two.

“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and  said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”  (Exodus 20:18-20)

The Glory of God came down and the children of God became afraid seeing the manifold works of God. But Moses was quick to tell them, do not be afraid because the motive of the glory of God is not to make people afraid but to enable men have a healthy fear or reverence for the Almighty God. One of the lessons we can learn from the passage is that the fear of God keeps men from Sin. I will cover it in detail later.

Joseph had the fear of the lord, when his master’s wife wanted to sleep with him, he retorted,’’ No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9). No wonder God promoted him to become the Prime minister.

People who don’t know your secret become your critic; it is my desire to reveal to us the secret of some of the great in the kingdom. Another example is Daniel; he was an unusual man in Babylon, a slave who also rose to become the prime minister in the kingdom. When Nebuchadnezzar instructed the slaves to be fed with meat, Daniel refused to eat because the animals were usually sacrificed to their gods.

The fear of the lord is obedience to the statutes of the lord. When the Glory of God came down and the Jews told Moses to speak on their behalf because they were scared, God made a profound statement after Moses had explained to them about the motive of the glory. ‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.’’(Exodus 20:22-23)

So we can realize from above Daniel had the fear of the lord, that’s why he abstained from food offered to idols. When Nebuchadnezzar made a golden image and instructed everyone to bow before it, the three Hebrew boys Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow before the image because it contravenes the laws of God which states, we should not bow to any other god apart from him. The three Hebrew boys were thrown into the fiery furnace but God rescued them because the lord is our Saviour. We can see that God is committed to his own people. The three Hebrew boys were promoted after the trial because after the trial comes the testimony. (TO BE CONTINUED)