The Surprising Good News of the Fear of the Lord
“Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” —2 Corinthians 7:1
We all have experienced fear at some point. And if we are honest, we don’t usually think of fear as a good thing. So why does the Bible call us to fear the Lord? In this book, Michael Reeves explains that the fear of God is not a gloomy fear marked by anxiety but a heartfelt and happy enjoyment of God as Creator and Redeemer. As we learn more about the surprising good news of the fear of the Lord, we will discover the vital role we play in displaying to the world the awesomeness of our God.
This is a much needed book. I think as Christians we often struggle with what it means to fear the Lord. One of my favorite verses recently is Proverbs 9:10: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom
I think we have lost the awesome fear of the Lord. I know I had. I would pick any song to sing and bring to the body on a Sunday, as a worship leader, without thought to if it was sound doctrine or could lead anyone astray. I had no fear. But that is all changing. A filial fear is something we should all have for the Creator of the universe.
Don’t know what that means? Give this short book a read, seriously, you can read this in about forty-five minutes or less.
Here are a couple of quotes that stuck out to me:
“Sinful fear hates God and therefore acts sinfully. Right fear loves God and therefore has a sincere longing to be like him.”
“Like a fire in the heart the fear of the Lord consumes sinful desires, and it fuels holy ones.”
A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.