The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous
We ended our last segment by saying that the fear of the Lord is pure. It is without contamination, blemish or fault. How? Well, let’s read the later part of the above verse again. It says, the decrees of the lord are “all… righteous.” The decrees of the Lord are all accurate. Yes, they may be demanding, but they are all doable. They have been tried and tested seven times (Psalm 12:6), in the fire. The Lord says that “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (I Corinthians 10:13) Isn’t that a blessing? He will never allow us be tempted beyond out present capacity. That means, we are able to live and walk in the fear of the Lord.
The Spirit of the Lord will sometimes drop a word into our spirit. He will give us an instruction, clear as day, but then we begin trying to reason it out. We know that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men (I Corinthians 1:25), yet we try to test His intelligence. He speaks things that may make no earthly sense to us to see whether or not we are dedicated to believing Him. //If you know that you are one of such persons who the Lord spoke something to but you still haven’t obeyed, it is time you obey Him. He WILL stop speaking to you if you vehemently stop obeying Him.// Even wisdom cries out for us to have this fear of the Lord (characterized by our obedience) (Proverbs 15:33).
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech -Proverbs 8:13 (NIV)-
In conclusion, this fear of the Lord is to hate evil, to hate pride, to hate arrogance, to hate evil behavior, and to hare perverted speech. This does not at all mean to hate the people who promote such acts, but to hate the acts themselves. We are commanded to love all men (I Thessalonians 3:12) but to hate such acts! We must therefore not be caught in such!
The interesting thing is, if we are focused on the individual acts themselves, it might be challenging to let go of them; but if our focus is on pleasing God, our Father, it will be so much easier. There was a time we had “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do) bands floating around so much, but we barely used it as a reminder. Really, what would Jesus do in that situation you are in now; how would He handle it? Would He be caught cursing out the man who bashed your car just as you did two days ago? Would He be caught cheating on that Math test, just as you plan on doing? Would He be caught abusing your supervisor as you and your friends do? Let’s stay focused on Christ. Let our sole desire be to please Him, and I know that beginning today, the whole world will see the change in us.
May we make God, our Father, proud of us- at all times and in all things- in Jesus mighty and holy name we pray, Amen.