Conversely, to live in the fear of God is to hate what he hates and love what he loves. It is to live every day by his word and will. What will such a lifestyle cost us? Private sin, which destroys our souls and lives. Public sin, which destroys our homes and families. Disobedience, which prevents his power and joy in our lives.
To live in the fear of the Lord is to lose nothing that matters and gain everything that does. If your life has missed the blessing and joy of the Lord, perhaps this is why. If your life has been good to this point, imagine what God can do with it when it is fully his.
So I call you today to live in the fear of the Lord. To know that Jesus Christ is the only eternal, creating, sustaining, redeeming Lord of the universe. To fear the absence of his blessing and the presence of his wrath. To walk through this week afraid of displeasing him, excited about obeying him, expecting his blessing and power and peace in your life. And they will be yours.
You may be a sinner in the hands of an angry God today, but you don’t have to be. You can be a soul in the hands of a loving Father. The choice is yours.