In reading Proverbs 10-15 the fear of the Lord is highlighted six out of the 14 times it is mentioned in this book. Today, I would like to look at three of these verses.
10:27 “The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.”
14:27 “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn from the snares of death.”
15:16 “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.”
The benefits of fearing the Lord are astounding. As I mentioned Proverbs 19:23 says that the fear off the Lord leads to life and gives us rest. 14:27 says that the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, along with 10:27 promising a prolonged life. The theme of life and satisfaction keeps coming up in my heart as I read and meditate on these verses. Jesus promises in John 7 that whoever believes in Him out of his heart will flow rivers of living water(7:37-38). My favorite story in the Gospels is found in John 4. It is the story of the women at the well. The women, awestruck that Jesus, a Jew, would even speak with her, finds herself in a conversation with the Son of God. Jesus tells this women who He is and what He can give her. John 4:10 says, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” First: We must know that God desires to give us good things. Second: When we know He gives good things we ask. 4:13 concludes this topic of conversation saying, “Everyone who drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” This is similar language to 7:37-38. When we fear Him we come to Him; when we come to Him we find rest and satisfaction.
Jesus delights in the fear of the Lord as Isaiah 11 states. So, the issue of life, Jesus and satisfaction is that if we delight in Jesus and His love it will lead us to a place of fearing Him. I will most likely obey His commandments without begrudging Him if I am in love with Him. Jesus tells the disciples in John that if we(the body of Christ) love Him we will obey Him. Out of an overflow of love we fear God and in fearing God we find life, rest and are satisfied with our obedience to Him. Lastly, we shall not despise the days of small beginnings. It is easy for us to become discouraged and how little we know God and how little our hearts move at His passion. Proverbs 15:16 says that if we have a little bit of the fear of the Lord we are in a far better place then temporary abundance.
How do I know if I am fearing the Lord? Many times we try to evaluate our heart before the Lord in the wrong way. We want to know what we are doing wrong so we can fix it then come to God without any problems. This is not the way of Christ. The way you know if you are fearing the Lord is by the fruit in your life. If you are finding yourself satisfied and hungry for God than you probably are fearing the Lord. If you find yourself far away from this reality than you probably should not condemn yourself but ask for a revelation of the fear of the Lord.
Hope this helps. Give me your thoughts on the fear of the Lord.