One day I went to get my vacuum cleaner repaired. When I walked into the store with two of my daughters, we met a very outgoing and nice young gentleman who was the attendant at the time. As I shared with him what was wrong with my machine, he began to repair it. As he was repairing it, we struck up a conversation. He said that he was a Christian and as soon as he knew I was a Christian as well, our conversation was fueled with both of us sharing about God’s faithfulness and God’s love. My daughters loved the way he expressed his love for the Lord. He made us laugh and we were all hi-fiving each other each time we expressed how great God is. Needless to say, there was a lot of joy and laughter in the store.
He shared with me that he recently rededicated his life to God and that he also recently just got back with his wife after a short separation. He said that he was serious about having a marriage the way God intended. He wanted to be a good example to his children and he shared that he was determined to be the husband that God called him to be. When he talked about his relationship with God, his eyes lit up and the joy on his face was hard to miss – his love for the Lord was a beautiful sight.
Right before I left with a repaired vacuum cleaner in my hand, I turned to him and said, “You know, your love for your wife will not keep you faithful to her.” He looked at me with a puzzled look on his face. I then said, “What will keep you faithful to your wife - is the fear of God.” His face lit up again and he said, “Amen sister!”
The kind of fear of the Lord that followers of Christ have - is not the kind of fear that causes you to be afraid of Him because we fear His judgment. Followers of Christ understand that Jesus took the penalty for our sins at the cross when He died for us – Jesus took away the fear of judgment. The kind of fear that followers have, causes us to reverence Him, respect Him and value His commands over our emotions because He has proven to us that His instruction leads to life. It is the fear of the Lord described in Psalm 19:9, “The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm and all of them are righteous.”
When we respect and reverence God, we will love His precepts and statutes. The Bible says that God’s statute are more precious than gold and they are sweeter than honey. By them we are warned and keeping them there is great reward (Psalm 19:7-11).
“When we think of statutes, precepts and commands, we often think of rules that keep us from having fun. But here we see the opposite-law that revives us, makes us wise, gives joy to the heart, gives light to the eyes, warns us, and rewards us. That’s because God’s laws are guidelines and lights for our path, rather than chains on our hands and feet. They point at danger and warn us and then point at success and guide us.” Bible Commentary for Psalm 19:7-11
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.” Proverbs 9:10