"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." Proverbs 1:7
What does it mean to fear God? "God is, in your mind and heart so powerful, so holy, and so awesome that you would not dare to run from Him, but only run to Him." John Piper
Do I fear God?
Running to God means I trust Him and His ways. It means I will obey Him. I will take Him at His Word.
Running from God means I trust in myself and my own ways. It means I will disobey Him. I will not take Him at His Word.
A fear of God leads to right living. Not fearing God will lead me into sin.
"A right fear of the Lord is a preventative good. It prevents us from entering into sin, keeps us from nurturing sin, and drives us out of sin when we fall into it." (William Harrel, Immanuel Pres.)
Will I run to God or from Him today? How I respond to trial and temptation reveals if I am have a biblical fear of God!
"Now all has been heard, here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear
God and keep his commandments, for this the whole duty of man. For God
will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil." Ecc. 12:13-14