Jeremiah 26:1-27:22 / 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18 / Psalm 85:1-13 / Proverbs 25:16
“Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth have met together, Righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from Heaven. Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before Him and make His footsteps our pathway.”
Understanding what it means to “Fear the Lord” can be an intimidating phrase/concept that is hard to grasp. But, it's super important as it is the beginning of wisdom (for living) Let's face it, a person would have to be pretty nuts to think they can try to "do life" in this CRAZY world without Godly wisdom. When we get ahold of what fearing the Lord means and really and truly apply it to our lives we can be certain that things will start to get exciting!
It simply means this: Recognizing that our God is the God of the Universe. He is all powerful, all-knowing, ever-present; He’s is LOVING and GOOD – His ways and His designs lead to LIFE (here on earth and eternally!). These truths should lead us to REVERENT AWE and deep-seeded thanksgiving & praise, realizing that without Him in the center of our hearts and lives we are toast - incomplete, alone and at the mercy of the enemy (Satan).
It’s not about being afraid of a stand-offish, dictator who looks upon the earth with His arms folded, waiting to judge and condemn sinners, It’s understanding that apart from Him we are left to face this world alone - that’s a scary thought!
God promises to save, bless, and lead those who fear Him. He wants to give His children good things. He wants to heal our land so it will yield it’s increase. His desire is that we walk closely with Him – that His footsteps would be our pathway. This is the vision our loving Heavenly Father has for our lives - it's to be lived out right here on earth in our lives and homes, as well as eternally! What an awesome promise!