The bible states that,
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”
and there are numerous churches in East Windsor where the neighborhood of Broad Brook resides. They like all other Christian communities seek to fully understand this concept that wisdom begins with the *Fear of God*. They understand this in respect to the reverence and awe of who God is and acknowledging His sovereignty as such.
What does it mean to *Fear the Lord*
One of the main commands God gave to His people in the Old Testament was to fear Him. But exactly what is *The Fear of the Lord*? How is one to understand what it really means to fear God? According to Deut. 6:1-2, to fear the Lord is by the means of doing and following the commands, statutes and ordinances He has set forth in His word.
In order to understand the *fear of the Lord* one must look at it from a spiritual gift stand point. Fear of the Lord is one of the seven spiritual gifts given to the church through the Holy Spirit. It is also one of the seven marks of godly sorrow in the act of true repentance according to 2 Corinthians 7:11.
The foundation of fearing God
The fear of the Lord is the foundation where everything about being a Christian rests and depends on. In order for Christians to live for God and obey all His commands, statutes, and ordinances they must love Him and in the process fear Him as well. However, there is much debate about fearing God. Many people equate fear with punishment and dread of some impending doom.
While this is one true part of fearing God; the fear God asks for is one out of respect, love, reverence and awe. He expects this in all of who He is, what He can do and has done through history and the generations of the world. The reverence and awe should be placed in His sovereignty. The sovereignty of Him being Lord God over all creation and the universe. He is the sovereign Lord whom Christians are supposedly worship, serve and obey.
The day of the Lord is at hand
But there seems to be a misconception among the New Testament Christians of today. Many churches today focus their messages and preaching on the loving, tenderness, gracious, merciful and compassionate side of God: While these things are all true of God, so is His wrath, anger and vengeance. Christians must not negate the fact that God has a wrath of anger and that He is still to be feared just as much as He is to be revered. *He is still a God with a vengeance.*
God talks about His own anger that burned against the Israelites because they continually turned from Him. They had become proud and arrogant, going after idols of the pagan countries. God also warns His people and even the nations around them that there is a day coming. A day filled with vengeance and destruction: God’s vengeance.
Christians would do good to remember this vengeance of God and the destruction He has planned. He still has a day of judgment waiting to happen, even for them. The bible says that all will be judged; sinner and saint alike. They must also remember that even the children of Israel, His chosen people, went against Him and did not fear Him. The bible says that His anger burned against them as well as burning against those who do not fear Him, even today.
Establishment of the heart in God and Christ
God has a wrath; a judgment planned and waiting to be executed when the time is right on an unsuspecting world because they do not understand what the real fear of the Lord is. This is why the scriptures say that Christians, the people of God, should establish their hearts so that they will be blameless in holiness when the the day of the Lord comes. The only way to truly establish the heart in God and Jesus is through,
Without these it is impossible to please God and even to be accepted by Him. While the bible says that God is love, it also explains why He is a not force to be reckoned with or One that anyone would want to contend with, either.