“The fear of the LORD  is the beginning of knowledge:  but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7)

            In our key verse, two classes of people are mentioned – those who fear the Lord and those who do not fear the Lord. The contrast is between the believer and the unbeliever- between the saved and the lost. What does it mean to fear the Lord? Is it to be afraid of God? No! It is not slavish fear or foreboding apprehension, nor fear that hath torment. The fear of the Lord is the fear of a loving child or a dutiful servant. It is such a reverence for God that the one who fears Him is gripped by a holy desire to please Him. Let us discover the results of fearing the Lord.

1. FEAR OF GOD IMPARTS THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD:

“The fear of the LORD  is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy  is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). Knowing the Lord (not just about Him) is a matter of degree. We may know Him a little or we may know Him intimately. A man only begins to fear God when He starts to know Him and he only gets to know Him as and when He fears Him. When a man realizes who God is and what His attitude is towards all people, then he begins to fear the Lord. If you really know the Lord, you cannot but fear Him.

2. FEAR OF GOD INSTILLS HOLY LIVING:

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil” (Proverbs.3:7). When a man really learns the fear of the Lord, he leads a holy life. His whole manner of life is affected. This includes the way he dresses, talks, spends his money, his time, what he hears, the places he goes to, the pleasure he seeks and the books he reads. Even his friends are different. “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard  it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name” (Malachi 3:16).

3. FEAR OF GOD PROMISES DEEP ASSURANCE:

“In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge”. (Proverbs 14:26). One reason for the confidence that is gained by fearing the Lord is that the one who fears Him lives in a very intimate communion with the Lord Himself. This makes him sure of God’s protection, His provision and His purpose. When we fear the Lord, we are led into a full assurance of faith.

4. FEAR OF GOD PROVIDES SATISFACTION: 

“Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded” (Proverbs 13:13).  Even though a man is poor in the worldly sense, if he fears the Lord, he will be rich and truly satisfied. “Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD, that walketh in his ways” (Psalm 128:1). The man who fears God has immense satisfaction and joy in knowing that all is well, not only for time but for eternity. “Oh how great  is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men” (Psalm 31:19)

5. FEAR OF GOD INSTALLS DISCIPLINED LIFE:

“The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened” (Proverbs 10:27).  If a man fears the Lord, he will discipline his life. If we live in a disciplined way, getting the right amount of rest, food, exercise, serving others and above all giving the Lord His rightful place, we shall be freed from care and anxiety and we shall live up to our appointed span. We shall be “immortal till our work is done”.