Benefits of Fearing the Lord

Who are those who fear the LORD? He will show them the path they should choose.”  Psalm 25:12 (NLT)

The word fear does not sound appealing. Feeling fearful is not what we want. Yet, while other types of fears can lead us towards making wrong decisions and causing a mess, the fear of the Lord leads to good decision-making.

When someone fears the Lord, this means they revere him.

Therefore, they’ll seek to honor him. This form of fear is a good fear.

It doesn’t mean that we will not fail now and then.

But, the more we become aware of our weakness, the more we learn to depend on God’s strength. Respect for God will help us pay attention to our support system. God is our Source.

For instance, when we can stand on our own, we might think that we don’t need to lean on anything or anyone and we can do as we want. Yet, a person with weak knees will accept their need to lean on to something, right? In the same way, our weaknesses can work for good — teaching us to fear God more and to be humble. It helps us to let go of our own ways and lean on God for support.

The more we realize this, the more we’ll be mindful of the mistakes we can make. This can help us yield more and more to choices that will honor God.

Can you see how reverence for the Lord guides us? It leads us towards one right choice at a time. Those small and big decisions will keep us on the right path.

Dear Father God, give me wisdom to choose what is right in your eyes, and to obey you in the strength you give me. In Jesus’ name I ask. Thank you.

Focus on honoring God in all your choices, trusting his Spirit gives you the strength to obey him moment by moment

By Fab Batsakis
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