Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Leadership (Part 22)
The Fear Of The Lord
Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
Exodus 18:21 (NASB)
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.
Proverbs 14:27 (NASB)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Proverbs 1:7 (NASB)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Psalm 111:10 (NASB)
O fear the Lord, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want.
Psalm 34:9 (NASB)
And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him.
Luke 1:50 (NASB)
I used to think fear of the Lord* meant reverential awe, a profound respect for our Creator. Surely God deserves every bit of our respect--and more. Even so, I had an unsettling suspicion that fear actually meant fear. What a scary thought. Should we fear a God of love?
Now I believe, yes. We should fear our God. Why? Because Jesus said so: 'Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell' (Matthew 10:28). Can our worst-case scenario be made any clearer?
If we can't understand why a God of love could send anyone to hell, the real question is not His right to judge, but our right to question His judgment. Are we equal to God? Can we understand Him? Or is the question itself based on an arrogant presumption that we just might know better? Satan tested that theory.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Fear God and seek His approval: because you should and Jesus did. 'He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him' (John 8:29). The most pleasing thing we can do is to obey His Son:
'He who has My Commandments and keeps Them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him' (John 14:21).
Bottom line: The fear of the Lord is necessary for His leaders, and you are destined for leadership. Even more, it's the foundation for everything you need: life, liberty, wisdom, knowledge, mercy, plenty and success. 'How blessed is the man who fears the Lord' (Psalm 112:1).
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion Series, 'Fear The Lord': http://amtcdevotions.org/fear-the-lord-part-1
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.