DAY 1: Instructed in the Fear of the Lord
There’s a phrase or statement that comes up several times throughout the Bible, and many pastors or churches will use the phrase regularly without fully discussing what it means. The Scriptures repeatedly say that it’s important to fear the Lord? But what exactly does it mean to fear the Lord?
Does it mean to be scared or afraid of God? That wouldn’t make much sense, as there are other passages which indicate the more we fear God, the more we love Him. Surely we couldn’t become more afraid of God by loving Him more, right?
Pastor and author Timothy Keller once taught, “Fear of the Lord is life rearranging, joyful awe and wonder before the greatness of who God is and what He has done.”
King Uzziah was raised and instructed in the fear of the LORD. From early in his life, he was taught to be in joyful awe and wonder before the greatness of who God is and what He has done.
As you read today, consider this: How has your relationship with God completely rearranged your life?
READING & JOURNALING:
How has your relationship with God completely rearranged your life? (Your view of marriage or singleness? Your view of parenting? Other relationships? Finances? Sex? …other?)
What are at least three times in which you were brought into joyful awe and wonder before the greatness of who God is and what He has done?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 19 & 20
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, it’s sometimes easy for me to separate my life into chunks. I have my “church life.” I have my “family life.” I have my “work life.” But I don’t always live in such a way that my relationship with You is front-and-center in every aspect of life. This week, my desire is take another step forward in fearing you – that is, having a life rearranging joyful awe and wonder of who You are and all You have done. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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