Let me preface this. The message you’re about to read is part of my own experience and what I was convicted of by God. Any conviction or uncomfortable feelings you have, take it up with HIM.
For about a week, I kept feeling this pull to learn about what true fear of the Lord looks like. I’ve heard many people on every end of the spectrum say, “The world doesn’t fear God anymore” to “Why should I fear something I believe in?”. I ponder this often as to why and how we get to these points in believing and why we stay so strictly in these lanes without changing. On top of what I was hearing, there was a convicting message for me.
Do I truly fear God or know what true fear of the Lord looks like?
Of course everyone likes to think fear, which is reverence, means respecting God, but are we really doing that? Are we really laying down our wants to follow after what He says or are we only believing and doing things for God when it’s convenient?
When you truly respect God, there’s no wiggle-room about what it looks like or how you’ll act; you just do it.
So let’s look at a couple of verses about the fear of the Lord.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” Proverbs 9:10 KJV
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life to depart from the snares of death” Proverbs 14:27 KJV
“In the fear of the Lord is a strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge” Proverbs 14:26 KJV
There are many other scriptures about the fear of the Lord, especially in Proverbs, but these stood out to me. When we fear God, there is much to gain: wisdom, knowledge, life, strong confidence, and refuge.
So this brings me to the title: Stand.
Fear of the Lord will cause us to do, say, or walk in ways that are uncomfortable and go against what may be popular at the time. If we look at the end of Esther 4, we see the back and forth between her and Mordecai concerning the commandment given to destroy the Jews and what she could do for her people (vs 8-13). In making supplication for her people before the king, uninvited, there was a huge risk: death. Esther’s life would be at stake for many people, but because she trusted and feared God more than man, she knew God would deliver. Esther sent word to Mordecai of her decision in verse 16 saying,
“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
This courage, determination, and bravery from Esther came from the strong confidence of fear of God. Likewise, Proverbs 29:25 states that, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” No matter the outcome of the situation, she would be safe. For us right now, no matter the outcome of what we’ve been called to do, we will be safe.
It’s easy to look at Esther and think well she had “status” or she was “already favored”; “of course she could make a difference for her people”. No that is not the point. No matter our position in society, our communities, churches, etc, when we are chosen by God to carry out a purpose, we have to operate in great fear, courage, and confidence, believing that He has equipped us for His doing!
Looking at the life of Jesus, there was devotion and commitment that He drew on to persevere and do what His Father called him to do. He was not afraid of man or what they could do; He was about His Father’s business. We as people of God must do the same in our walk and talk in our current world.
So often we can find it easy to hide or skate past what we truly believe for the idea of becoming a pariah, but we were never meant to fit in to begin with. 1 Peter 2:9 reminds us that “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;“.
If you are waiting on the right moment, or perfect time to follow God because you want someone to walk with you…pause.
God already told us in Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” You do not need someone else to give you the courage to stand, all you need is God. Take His hand, let Him pick you up and lead you to what He has promised.
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