It is evident as I look over the world, and look into each culture on the earth; and not that I have done a thorough examination of any or all; but just an short observation. My observation leads me to reach the conclusion that we as a race of people; the human race; do not have a fear of GOD.
In every culture, and nation, we make god in our own image, and after our own likeness; thus we can approve of anything, and everything, that suits “Me”.
Many times this is true even in Christianity. There are many professors who proclaim that “God is so good and loving. He would not cast anyone into a fiery place called Hell”. Or “God is so loving, accepting, and kind that he loves same sex couples. He does not expect them to change their minds or their lives”. Guess what? Doing that you deny the God of the Bible, the Scriptures, and you have made god in your own image and likeness.
Hear the Proverbs of Solomon…
“In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and His children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:26-27 (KJV)
We must understand that when we fear the LORD it is not that we go around trembling every time we mess up, or fear messing up (sinning). To live in the “Fear of the LORD” is to live with confidence. Confidence that when we do sin He is gracious, merciful and will forgive us. When we live in the fear of God it is actually living in the love of God which is greater than all our sin.
John the apostle wrote in his first epistle,
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10
When we fear the LORD we also will be like a “fountain of life” (Proverbs 13:14; 14:27). The Word of God is like a fountain of running, flowing, fresh, refreshing, cleansing water that flows giving eternal life to all who will freely drink it. Jesus said…
“If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37-38
That is a flowing, cleansing, refreshing stream of water flowing from Christian lives that shows what it really means to walk in the love of God.
To walk in the fear of the LORD is to believe what He says, then make Him all of our life, and live as He has given us privilege to do so. Because of the gift of Jesus Christ and His death, burial and resurrection we now have the right to be called the sons and daughters of GOD (John 1:12); but you must believe and receive what He has said, and what He has done.