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What does it mean to “Fear God”?

by Greg Laurie on Apr 16, 2012

Far too often though we fear the wrong things in life—things like dental work, tax audits, or public speaking—and we don’t fear what’s most important. We don’t fear God!

The Bible tells us “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10).

To “fear God” does not mean that you cower in terror before Him. It has been properly defined as “a wholesome dread of displeasing Him.” If I have sinned, it is not the fear of what He will do to me, but rather what I have done to Him.

The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear Him, you fear nothing else—whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.

David said, “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Only the person who can say, “The Lord is the strength of my life,” can then say, “Of whom shall I be afraid?”

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