22 Apr The Fear of the Lord – 4/22/20
Dan and Adina Popa
Proverbs 10:27 – “The fear of the Lord prolongs life…“
What is fear? This word is often associated with a deeply negative and never-wanted emotion. One of the Merriam-Webster’s definitions states: (fear is) an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. Is this what Proverbs is teaching? In this verse and throughout the entire book, we discover a different kind of fear, the fear of the Lord. John McArthur says it best as he synthesizes the topic: The fear of the Lord is a state of mind in which one’s own attitudes, will, feelings, deeds, and goals are exchanged for God’s.
Years ago, while living behind the Iron Curtain, our families had to constantly decide to either fear man and earthly death or fear the Lord. There are countless stories of our parents exemplifying a total surrender to God’s will, while risking their lives in doing so. As we grew up, we truly learned from giants of faith on what it means to fear the Lord.
- Pray that you would choose to replace worldly fear with the fear of God. Pray that your attitudes, will, feelings, deeds, and goals are exchanged for God’s.
- Pray that our church, in the face of today’s crisis, lives out Acts 9:31: So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied (emphasis added) ESV.
- Pray that God would use this global crisis to draw people to Him, in our community, our city, our country, and the world (http://www.operationworld.org/home). Our hearts break for those who live in worldly fear. Pray for the salvation of entire people groups and believe that we will see many in eternity as a result of God’s sovereign and mighty work at this very moment.