A low view of God makes a man a stranger to the true God and therefore a stranger to godly fear. But if a man seeks for God in the scriptures, he will learn the fear of the Lord. David said, “come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Ps 34:11), and “Establish your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing you” (Ps 119:38). If you have a low view of God and little fear of God, it is because you have little exposure to the Word of God. Do you want to grow in godly fear? Run to the Holy Scriptures.
Rulers who fear God give the people what is beneficial to them, not necessarily what they want. Often, what they want will only weaken and corrupt them. In this sense, the best civil leaders are men who fear God. But most civil rulers do not fear God. They are like Jeroboam who was a man-pleasing, man-fearer. Because their popularity rests on the favors of people, civil leaders give the people what they want by elevating their ungodly passions. They do this because they fear man, but do not fear God. In this sense many maladies in our society spring from the lack of the fear of God.
An angry father is a father who has lost a sense of the fear of God. But when children see a father who has bowed the knee to His God in holy fear, they find a new kind of father. It is the fear of God that subdues a father’s unrighteous anger. In that state of the fear of God, he becomes a father who is freed to love his children.
Children learn about God by their parents, and part of their learning comes from a father who constrains evil in his home. Hebrews 12 makes it plain that God chastises every son whom he receives. This is why a father who chastises his children is helping them learn the fear of the Lord. With this, a child comes to understand how a loving father can also chastise. And, parents who refuse to chastise their children are harming their children, regarding the development of the fear of the Lord. By not chastising, they are acting as if they have no father because one way children know they have a real father is that he chastises them.
Joel Beeke tells a story of when he was in Scotland when he spoke to a shepherd who affirmed to him that sheep hear different voices, but only follow their own shepherd’s voice. Sheep will only follow the voice their shepherd, even though other shepherds are speaking. They will only follow his voice. Therefore, if Jesus has called you, He will be the central leadership force in your life. This desire to come to your shepherd is a mark of authenticity, and the evidence that you fear Him.
Knowledge without the fear of God is worthless. Math, science, history only have meaning when the fear of God is embraced. Everything goes sideways when the fear of God is lost. Science becomes more and more irrational and as a result
Are you tying all of your instruction to the fear of God? Is there an direct line between the fear of God and the math, science, history… you are teaching, or does it happen in a vacuum.
African pastor, Malamuolo Chindongo explains how the fear of God brings order to our hearts, homes and in all of society. His analysis of the African context – If you don’t fear God it means you have no conscience. He describes what happens in nations when men do not fear God – men abuse one another. But, when the gospel comes, peoples lives are changed and the abuse stops. This is true in every sphere… When God if feared, men and women are endeared.
So many of our troubles come from misplaced fear. We fear man, instead of God. Craig Houston speaks of the only appropriate fear… fear of God. He recites Prov 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will keep your paths straight.” Only God is worthy of being feared.
Paul Washer shows how we often misunderstand the fear of God. The fear of God is different compared to fear of man. We don’t fear a wrathful man the way we fear God. God is different, so our fear is different… Godly fear is mingled with love and joy and awe. This is why the fear of God is a healthy thing, while fear of a wrathful man is very different. God is good and that makes Him worthy of our fear.
We are praying for a revival of the fear of God in our hearts, homes and churches.
This is why today, we are launching a daily devotional on the Fear of God. We have over 90 short video clips from our friends Joel Beeke, Paul Washer, Jason Dohm, Craig Houston, Kevin Swanson, Malamuolo Chindongo, Paul Thompson and many more. We pray that these will be a blessing to you. If you are coming to our conference on the Fear of God, October 27-29, 2016, please try to listen to them. We created them to whet your appetite for the fear of God and prepare you for the experience at the conference.
Today’s devotional titled “A Wrong View of the Fear of God”, comes from Paul Washer. This week’s memory verse is Psalm 31:19:
Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! “
Please send us your thoughts and questions as we engage this wonderful and life-giving disposition of the heart.
The ungodly, as they view and live life, as they carry our their desires and ambitions, do so devoid of the fear of God. When someone has just had his picture taken with a flash camera, he will have a bright spot before his eyes for the next minute or two. Everything he looks at will appear to have that bright spot superimposed on it. He can’t look at his hand, a tree, a house, or another person without seeing the spot. It is continually “before his eyes.” But the Scripture says of the wicked, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” That is, when they get up in the morning and contemplate the coming day, they look out at life without having superimposed on their moral vision the being of God, the claims of God, the character of God, the salvation of God, the law of God, and the judgment of God. They go out into that day with no fear of God superimposed on their life.
– Al Martin – The Forgotten Fear, 127
It is good for us to examine history and learn from the events that God, by His sovereignty, has chosen to bring to pass. As we approach Memorial Day, there is one event that I want to focus on: Iwo Jima. During this season of history, there are many lessons on trials, manhood and courage that we ought to be teaching our families.
The reality is: we are in a battle. The battle may not always be a physical battle, such as WWII, but we are always in a spiritual battle, and our young men need to be aware of that. We need to be encouraging our young men to be thinking multi-generationally, and not just for the moment.
We have three books in our store that highlight important lessons to be learned from Iwo Jima. They need real stories of real men displaying real courage and manhood, not the pseudo-heroes that our culture glorifies.
In Preparing Boys for Battle, Scott Brown looks at the battle on Iwo Jima and draws 16 essential lessons that fathers ought to be teaching their sons to prepare them for the battle that lies ahead. Order Here
In Moment of Courage, Scott Brown highlights the stories of courage of Iwo Jima’s medal of honor recipients. It is important that we put real stories of courageous men in front of our boys, to teach them what true courage and manhood is all about. Order Here
In Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer, Kelly Bradrick tells the story of her grandfather, William Brown. She tells his story in the form of a letter to the next generation, reminding of the importance to refuse to live for the moment, but to think multi-generationally. Order Here
The WWII bundle is the best value offer. It includes all three books, and the price per book is cheaper than if you were to buy them individually. Order Here
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Isaiah 59 describes the details of mans greatest problem, and his greatest hope. His greatest problem is his sin, and his greatest remedy is a man – the man sent from God – the God man, our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the intercessor whose arm is not too short to save.
This chapter contains the means of all revival.
Defending marriage in our churches is a critical matter at this historical moment in America. Marriage has become a battleground. How do we as church leaders fight for a biblical view of marriage in our churches? How do we equip the saints? This will be the focus of Scott Brown’s presentation and the topic of discussion at the Pennsylvania Leadership Luncheon.
You and your fellow elders, pastors and deacons, along with your sons and aspiring future church leaders are invited to an NCFIC Church Leadership Luncheon with Scott Brown, from 10:00am – 2:00pm on May 24th at Lucky Ducks Bar and Grille in Elizabethtown, PA.
Consider joining me at the Banner of Truth Ministers Conference next week, Tuesday May 24-May 26.
Several from our local church are going as well as some friends around the country.
And, if you are able, please join me and several church leaders at the NCFIC Church Leaders Luncheon just before the Banner of Truth Conference begins.
Derek Thomas, Mark Jones, David Murray, Ian Hamilton, Hensworth W. C. Jonas, Bob Davis