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What the Fear of the Lord REALLY Is

Most people misunderstand what it means to live in the fear of the Lord.

It doesn’t mean that we walk around terrified of God, worried that at any moment He will lose patience with us and kill us because we had a sinful thought, or yielded to a temptation to overindulge in ice cream.

To walk in the fear of the Lord means the exact opposite.

It means that we can have a confident assurance that the enemy cannot devour us. It is a healthy fear of the Lord that causes us to submit to Him and resist the devil, knowing that he will flee. He can’t get a foothold on my life because I no longer serve sin. How could I, when I know that God is keeping watch on the evil and the good? That means that I say with Joseph (when he was tempted by Potiphar’s lusty wife), “How can I do this thing and sin against God?”

“It is a healthy fear of the Lord that causes us to submit to Him and resist the devil, knowing that he will flee.”

Ashkelon is a city on the coast of Israel, not too far from Tel Aviv—just north of the troubled Gaza Strip. On a Sunday, as air-raid sirens filled the air across the city, people ran from the cars to seek shelter.

“Hiding under a tree, a man tried to comfort his teenage daughter. ‘Don’t worry,’ he said. ‘It will be fine, the Iron Dome will save us.’

As he spoke, the Iron Dome’s air-defense interceptor missiles streaked into the intense blue sky, making six rockets fired at Ashkelon by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas explode into faraway puffs of smoke. As in the majority of cases since Hamas started raining rockets on Israel on Monday—a total of 2,800 by now—there were no casualties or major damage.”1

The defense system was deployed in 2011, and was built and maintained by funding from the United States, costing a massive $1.6 billion. However, in the amount of lives saved, it has been worth every penny. The Iron Dome is made up of a network of batteries and radar that are programmed to fire at incoming rockets that are headed for populated areas. It ignores those that are likely to fall in desert areas.

The fear of the Lord is an impenetrable iron dome that shoots down incoming rockets from the enemy. That means I have a quiet assurance of safety in this life, and in the next. And that is very precious.

Watch as I talk about the fear of the Lord to a man who doesn’t fear God in the slightest:

  1. As Hamas Rockets Rain on Israel, Iron Dome Proves It Can Withstand the Barrages, Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2021. https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-hamas-rockets-rain-on-israel-iron-dome-proves-it-can-withstand-the-barrages-11621180126

Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters and the bestselling author of more than 90 books, including God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life, How to Know God Exists, and The Evidence Bible. He cohosts the award-winning television program Way of the Master, airing in every country in the world, and is an Executive Producer of “180,” “Evolution vs. God,” “Audacity,” and other films. He is married to Sue and has three grown children, and hasn’t left the house without gospel tracts for decades.

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