Has the world we live in lost the fear of God? I think Psalm 36:2-4 could be used to describe our current culture:
An oracle of Transgression— within my heart, to the wicked one: “There is no fear of God before his eyes.For he flatters himself in his own eyes, too much to notice his iniquity —or hate it.His mouth’s words are iniquity and deceit. He has ceased to be wise and do good.”
Consider also Psalm 33: 8,9
Let all the earth fear ADONAI. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.For He spoke, and it came to be. He commanded, and it stood firm. TLV
I don’t know about you, but I can’t do that! I cannot speak things into existence, I can speak or even raise my voice and still nothing, nada, zip.
What about Psalm 34:10
Fear ADONAI, His kedoshim, For those who fear Him lack nothing.
or Job 28:28
‘The fear of the Lord —that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”‘
What was required of God’s people? Deuteronomy 10:12 says:
So now, O Israel, what does Adonai your God require of you, but to fear Adonai your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul, TLV
After thinking about the fear of God, or lack thereof in my own faith journey, I would dare say that our culture has inscribed in us a fear of man rather than a fear of God. We fear what other people might think of us, say if we take a stand or an opposing opinion on the cultural norms of society.
But what about the fear of God- what about what God thinks about the way in which we live our lives? Do we even consider the authority and awesome-ness of the Creator Adonai, who with a very whisper can make universes appear, or disappear?
Have we forgotten that to fear God is to love God and to serve God?
In the beginning days of the followers of Yeshua Acts 9:31 describes them this way-
So Messiah’s community throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had shalom and was built up. Walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Ruach ha-Kodesh, it kept multiplying.
There is coming a day when our fear of God will outweigh our fear of man… whether we want it to or not.
Until then, Be Real!