May 25 - Learn To Fear The Lord by Loving Him

By Barbara Lighthizer

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 15:33

Central Thought: To fear the Lord is worship.

    The thought of fear brings to mind the dreaded emotion that leaves us drained and often anxious; we have all experienced it on some level. Some people live in fear most of their lives where every event is a potential disaster, and medication is often the only answer. Webster's dictionary defines fear as, 'profound and humbly fearful reverence inspired by deity.” In our casual culture, this type of fear is difficult to understand.

    Scripture tells us to fear the Lord. The wise person understands fearing the Lord's judgment of sin is a safeguard against being tempted to transgress. However, the word fear used in today's Scripture speaks of respect or awe. In today's society, it is rare to find anyone who gives us a sense of awe, but we may have respect for various people.

    When we understand God is sovereign in all ways, we will begin to fear Him. This knowledge comes from knowing the Lord on a personal level. It's impossible to know people unless we talk with them and listen to what they have to say. Let us begin today by setting aside more time to communicate with Him and read His word. A relationship will begin to develop, and we will have a better understanding of God's character. Love will grow for Him and will produce the reverence and awe that belongs only to the Lord.

Devotional Prayer: I want to know You better, Lord, and the majesty of You as my God and Savior.

Today's Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18; John 14:15-31; Psalm 119:33-48; Proverbs 15:33