The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to avoid the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27
Each time a scribe would come to a passage containing the name of God, he would lay down his stylus and go wash his hands. The scribe did not feel worthy to print God’s name without cleansing and humbling himself before the Lord. There was an aspect of godly fear in this action that seems foreign to us today.
Do you fear God for who He is? Are you aware of His awesome power and presence in your life? We miss a great blessing when we fail to give Him His rightful place in our lives.
Satan eagerly entices you to become frightened of God. He lies by telling you God wants to hurt you in some way. Nothing is farther from the truth. God loves you completely.
Proverbs 14:27 (NASB) tells us: “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.” When we fear God, we reverence Him with our lives. We are not frightened. Instead, we acknowledge His holiness and humble ourselves before Him. We also avoid anything we sense will bring sorrow or grieve to His Spirit living within us.
When you yield to temptation, be quick to admit your failure, and seek His forgiveness. Because His Spirit lives within you, you can trust that He will lead you away from sin and toward righteousness when your heart is right before Him. Standing in awe of His matchless grace gives evidence that you are on the right spiritual pathway.
Lord, I am in awe of Your grace. Help me to avoid anything that will bring sorrow or grief to Your Spirit living within me.