"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Do you have a reverent fear of God? A fear that helps you to do right when you want to do wrong?
I'm not talking about a fear that makes you afraid to come near to God and receive His salvation and love. But a godly fear that keeps you obedient to Him and His commands.
In these last days it seems there is nothing much that can cause a man or woman to stop sinning and repent (change your mind) and turn to God.
With ever increasing sin and debauchery, what will it take before people begin to fear the Creator of Heaven and earth?
What has to happen before man says this is the finger and the judgment of God, who can stand?
In the first century church, Ananias and Sapphira learned a hard lesson about lying to God.
"But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things."
It's inevitable that God will do the same things today that He did thousands of years ago when people forgot to fear and reverence Him.
So let those who fear the Lord remember His promise of a heavenly kingdom that cannot be shaken, and let us labor to enter into that kingdom and the joy of our Lord!
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire."