The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
O fear the Lord, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want.
And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him.
I used to think fear of the Lord* meant reverential awe, a profound respect for our Creator. Surely it does. Even so, I had an unsettling suspicion that fear actually meant fear.
Now I believe, yes. We should fear 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 the 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.
Can we understand Him? Or is the question itself based on an arrogant presumption that we just might know better? Satan tested that theory... and failed.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Fear God and seek His approval: because 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 foundational for everything you need: life, liberty, wisdom, knowledge, mercy, plenty and success. 'How blessed is the man who fears the Lord' (Psalm 112:1).
## Leadership Series: The Fear Of The Lord (Part 22)
* Previous Carey Lewis Devotion Series, 'Fear The Lord': https://careylewisdevotions.com/fear-the-lord-part-1
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.