This Scripture shows us where the right perspective begins for our lives: with the fear of the Lord. To fear Him is to be in absolute awe of who He is. The enemy hates this and wants us to fear him instead. Our adversary would like nothing better than to shift our focus onto what he is up to, instead of on what God is doing.
You see, the devil wants us to be in awe of his work. He wants us impressed by what he is doing in this world. Whether it be through problems, family strife, work tensions, world crises, or just too many responsibilities on our plates, his favorite thing to do is to distract us from keeping our eyes on Jesus.
Corrie ten Boom once said, “If the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy.” If we allow our lives to get overloaded with busyness, distractions, and worries, it crowds out the fear of God from our inner lives. This, in turn, erases wisdom from our perspective.
In contrast, Jesus invites us to grow in the area of awe and wonder of Him. In order to see things correctly, we need the fear of the Lord to take a central place in our lives. To cultivate the fear of Him, we have to make space for Him. This looks like beginning our days in His presence, purposefully turning our eyes on Him and keeping them there.
If we regularly center on Him, this will create space for the fear of the Lord to grow and develop in our lives. Every day as we get to know the heart of the Father better, our awe of who He is will grow as well. As we increase in grace and the knowledge of God, the fear of the Lord will increasingly dominate our inner space, making for less and less room for us to be impressed by what the devil is up to. As a result, there will be less and less room for fear and anxiety.
The more we keep our eyes on Jesus, the more the fear of God will govern the patterns of our daily routines. This is wisdom. This is the correct perspective. The healthiest outlook we can have is to see the world and our lives through the filter of the immensity of God.
My friend, He’s got this. He’s got you and me. He’s got the whole world in His hands. He really does. May this perspective alter the way we think and live, increasingly every year that goes by!
Do you think most Christians understand what the fear of the Lord is? Why or why not?