Nothing is more important than the fear of the Lord. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 says, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
However, few things are as little esteemed and sadly misunderstood as the fear of God. In some respects, this arises from a cultural contempt for all authority in our nation, and a widespread failure of authority figures to live with integrity. In other respects, it arises from the fallen condition of all mankind: “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom. 3:18).
Yet “the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life” (Prov. 14:27). A true fear of God does not cripple us psychologically, but nourishes our soul in gospel freedom and joy. We neglect it to our own detriment.
This fall, I will be joining several other speakers at the NCFIC annual conference to talk about this precious subject, and by God’s grace, to grow together in our reverence for God. Please consider joining us in Asheville, North Carolina, on October 27-29.
To help us to prepare for this event, NCFIC is posting a series of short, daily devotional videos with various preachers, including myself. You may watch the first one by Paul Washer here. Or you may view the whole list of them here.