How is the fear of God a gift to us?
Craig Houston explains in this video that while the fear of man ensnares us, the fear of God is a gift because it restrains us from sin. As a Christian, we don’t want to shipwreck our faith.
Thankfully, God has given us His Spirit to help us resist sin. He also uses other means to restrain us from sinning. For instance, He gives us the covenant relationship with our spouse. Because we fear and love God and love our spouse and fear the heartache we could cause the one we love, we flee from sin – that is a restraining grace. In addition, our children act as a mirror in our lives when they display the same characteristics as their parents. Our failures will be destructive and hurtful to our children. The fear of God is brought to bear through our children. Fathers are accountable for them and to them.
Numbers 14:18 (NKJV) – “The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.”