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What Does it Mean to Fear The Lord?

What Does it Mean to Fear The Lord?

“The fear of God isn’t fear of Him, it’s fear of being without Him.”  -John Bevere

Have you ever wondered what does it mean to fear the Lord? In the Chronicles of Narnia, Lucy Pevensie is running around playing with Aslan, who is the representative Jesus figure in the book series, and “whether it was more like playing with a thunderstorm or playing with a kitten Lucy could never make up her mind.” How can being with Jesus be both like being with a thunderstorm or a kitten? 

Why “Fear of The Lord”?

I think this imagery describes fear of the Lord well: That Jesus is both like the soft water caressing the beach, and the roaring waves that crash down in a large storm at sea. He is a good, merciful father that overflows with pure love for us. He is so gentle with those he loves, mercy flows from him as smoothly as water falling from the sky. Being with Jesus is the safest we can ever feel because when we are with Jesus, we are with the man who loves us beyond what our small mortal minds can even comprehend. So why does the Bible say we must have “fear of the Lord”? Because only through fear of the Lord will we avoid the trap of sin and natural gravitation humans have towards choosing selfish desires over God.

So no, we don’t fear God or are god-fearing, we fear losing him because of our human desire to fulfill temporary pleasures over everlasting happiness. As we begin to know more of God, fall more in love with him, we begin to understand that choosing sin over him means that we could spend eternity without him. Humans are naturally inclined towards sin, and we usually want our own desires over following God’s ten commandments and Jesus’ commandment to love others. 

Fear of The Lord Brings Wisdom

In our lives we fear many things that can happen, but why on earth would God tell us to fear him? The creator who made us in his image and likeness? The fear that God wants us to have is a fear of failing him, rejecting him, and betraying him. We must have fear of the Lord to desire to avoid sin and its temptations, because without it we simply would not care.

According to Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” We must pray for a wise mind, a heart that desires God more than itself, and the spirit to understand these things. When we begin fearing God, we understand that a life full of sin leads to an eternity without Him. We understand that choosing pride, lust, gluttony, envy, and all of the deadly sins over him means that we lose ourselves to this broken world, and in turn we lose our home in Heaven.

He Deserves Awe, Reverence, Love

Fear of the Lord also means to have a heart that is in awe of who God is, who he has created, and who he has made us to be. To create lives for ourselves that make God proud, so that when we walk to the gates of Heaven we may be received with open arms. To accept ourselves and love ourselves the way he made us, because we are made in his image and likeness. Fear of the Lord simply helps us become the best version of ourselves– it is a positive gift of the Holy Spirit that unites us closer to him because we give him the respect, reverence and adoration he deserves.

God is loving and just, and as we learn more about him this becomes more and more clear. God never punishes anyone- people simply choose themselves over Him. Let us pray for our hearts and for God to inspire in us a stronger fear of the Lord. Asking the Holy Spirit to help bring us closer to himself, unite our lives to him, and fill our hearts with awe at the sound of his voice.

So today let us practice choosing God’s desires over our own, because in the end, I want to be with him for eternity. I know that as Catholic girls, we don’t ever want to be without our Beloved. I’d rather die to myself over and over.

Because the only thing I truly fear is ever being without God.

Love, Luna

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