The Fear of the Lord
“And I say to you My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him, who after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes I say to you, fear Him!” - Luke 12:4-5
The greatest dread that man faces is the fear of death. When that fear is overcome, then other fears are insignificant. When the body is killed it is the end of an earthly physical existence. Many people believe that death signals the complete annihilation of human existence and that there is no life hereafter.
But Jesus changed that all when he both died and rose again from the dead and because He lives we shall live also.
With Paul, the apostle, the believer can say, “Death, where is your sting, grave, where is your victory?” Paul also said, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
Therefore, if you are a true child of God, death no longer causes you to be fearful, because Christ has defeated death.
But Jesus warns that there is a reckoning after death. There is a coming judgement and that there is an eternal punishment for those who reject His salvation.
Jesus goes on to tell us who should be feared. To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To fear the Lord is to stand in awe of Him. It is to hate sin like He hates it. It is to respect His every request and desire. Our complete trust in Him brings security, stability and confidence.
When we accept Christ as our personal Saviour we no longer fear physical death or eternal punishment. In Christ we are safe.
Dear Father in heaven I thank You with a grateful heart that You have provided much for me to enjoy and have in this life. I choose today to stand in awe of You and to hate sin like you do. Thank You for the gift of eternal life and that I need never fear.