Chapter 22 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “Who among you fears the Lord?” (Isaiah 50.10).
What an important question! As Hawkins points out, very few today live with a genuine fear of the Lord. Fewer still could explain what that means.
He goes on to say that we live in a “no fear” culture. The idea of fearing God makes many professing believers uncomfortable. As I read this chapter, I couldn’t help remembering that a church (not a doctrinally sound one) I attended many years ago, went so far as to remove the term “fear the Lord,” from one of the songs they sang.
So what does it mean to “fear the Lord”?
Does fearing the Lord mean living in a constant state of fright or concern that if we say something or do something wrong, God will zap us with some big bolt of retribution? Nothing could be further from biblical truth. The most common biblical word for fear means to stand in awe before God with such reverence and respect that that reverence becomes the controlling motivation of our lives.
(T)his fear is not the fear that He might put His hand of retribution on you, but the fear that He might take from you His hand of blessing and anointing.
How has this lack affected the church?
Without having God on the throne, without having a priority to honor and glorify Him, without living in a spiritually healthy fear of Him, we are allowing the New Testament gospel to be pushed aside by the New Trendy gospel. The New Testament gospel emphasizes self-denial, but the New Trendy gospel emphasizes self-fulfillment. The New Testament gospel is focused on Christ and His life, death, resurrection, and plan for man’s redemption, but the New Trendy gospel is focused on man and his desire for happiness and purpose. These two gospels are in diametric opposition to each other. The question of Isaiah will never be asked among those with a new trendy mind-set.
How can we learn to live in the fear of the Lord? The words of Solomon in Psalm 2.1-5 summarize it very well:
¹ My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
Next week’s question: “Is it true?” (Daniel 3.14).
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