the concept that we are to “fear the Lord” is one that took me some time to understand. why would I fear something that is good, loving, the one I’m to run to and seek, and let infiltrate my life? it wasn’t until I heard a sermon by O. S. Hawkins that I understood and it’s simply this … “the fear of the Lord is not that God would put His hand of retribution on you but that God may take His hand off of you.”
live as to not lose His favor!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)
The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. (Psalm 25:14 NIV)