When you submit to God, you don't have to be afraid of anything because He becomes your "refuge and strength" (Psalm 46:1). Fearing God doesn't mean being afraid He's going to hurt you. He's a good God! 'The fear of the Lord" just means you follow His directions and recognize His authority in all things. You've probably noticed there's not a lot of respect for authority these days; we've developed the kind of mentality that says, "Nobody's going to tell me what to do!" But the Bible says that in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord, there is strong confidence. Why does it say that? Because a reverent and worshipful fear means being respectful and obedient. It means you'll do what God says to do, and your confidence and trust in Him will continue to grow. And you'll notice something else that's important: The more reverential fear and awe you have of God, the more careful and courteous you'll be in your dealings with others. That's because you know you're accountable to God for your actions, and you recognize that other people are just as valuable to Him as you are. Solomon writes, "Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments...this is the whole duty of man" (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Moses asked the children of Israel, "What doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?" (Deuteronomy 10:12,13). It's not complicated!
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: (Galatians 1:3-4)
God desired to provide a way of reconciliation for us. This could only be done through His Son Jesus. Out of His love for us and obedience to His Father, Jesus died and paid the penalty for our sins. So rejoice you believers! Rejoice in the road to heaven paved with the grace and mercy of the heavenly throne!
Week #29 schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 13-15
Monday: (History) 2 Kings 6-10
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 81-83
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 10
Thursday: (Prophecy) Ezekiel 25-30
Friday: (Gospels) Luke 19-20
Saturday: (Letters) Colossians 1-2