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Gleanings From The Proverbs – IV

The Fear of God- II

4.Proverbs 10:27 reads, the fear of the Lord prolongeth days; but the years of of the wicked shall be shortened.” We all know, the truth of this verse in our lives and in the lives of those we lived with. Well again one may say, “ what about so and so …they lived so wickedly and continue on even till this day?”  If God allows the wicked to flourish and continue for a while; it is adding only to their earthly misery, and the judgment which shall come up on them. “on the other hand what about so and so faithfully serving the Lord and died in their early days?” If the righteous have to die, early in life, it will be “gain to him” being “absent from the body and present with the Lord.”  We rest assured in one thing; that nothing happens without God knowing, and allowing it! When He allows it; it is always for a purpose and in the end for His glory!  We can only Speculate! But this one thing we should  know and not doubt,  that this book is true, “from cover to cover” and in this case it says, “ the fear of the Lord prolongs days!” 

Yes,  “God blesses a person who walks in His will, and in the fear of the Lord.”  Now, that does not mean, he escapes every trial; but on the contrary he may have more trials, and testings,  and persecution, being in the will of God! But God is with him; and He will see him through; and God gets the glory and that person will receive the blessing; and will also be a blessing to others!!   We read in Psalms 33:18  “Behold the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy:”  again in Isaiah 66:2 we read, “... but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite  spirit, and trumbleth at my word.

In Psalm 34:7  we read, “the angle of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him and delivers them.”    Psalm 115:13 reads, “ He will Bless them that fear the LORD,  both small and great.    Can anyone say, “ God doesn’t care about me…”?  oh but,  He doeth!! He loves every one in the sense of John 3:16! And God loves His own unto the end!      Psalm 145:18-19 reads,the LORD is nigh unto all  them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will  hear their cry, and will  save them.”      Notice, Verse 19, “… he will fulfill his desire on them that fear him.” Because the person that fears God; walks in the will of God, and in the light of his word!

Psalm 34:9,Oh fear the LORD ye his saints: for there is no want  to them that fear him….” God – will – take care of you! He has promised!! You know the prodigal son,  his father couldn’t care for him while he was out there in the far country!! If you are away from home, that is, outside and away from the will of God,  you are on your own!!   In Hebrews 12:28;  “wherefore we receiving a kingdom which can not be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” You want to serve God in a way that counts? Then let it be with reverence and godly fear! From what we read and see in these days, many who once stood for the faith, are not what they used to be! Letting down the bar; lowering the standard, and even turning blind eyes; to what looks to be disobedience!!

Beloved, there are many blessings and benefits to the child of God who walks in the fear of the Lord! And that means according to the word of God!  Because the “fear of the Lord” has to do with obeying the commandments of God!”    Are we obeying all the commandments of God that we know? Now, this is not about check list; “I obeyed this, and that, and I failed in this and that!” But it means that, “ to the best of our knowledge, we are not walking carelessly (in indifference) , or negligently about any of the commandments of God.”

people who did not bother to fear God.

i),Here are two characters that fear not God;  Abihu and Nadab; (Exodus 6:23; Exodus 28:1; Leviticus 10:1-2; Numbers 3:1-2; Num 26:60-61;)  the two sons of Aaron ! One can not say whether those young fellows were saved or not; but one thing; they did not fear God! We know that; God does not always do things that drastic, but He does it!   

ii).Think of Eli’s sons;  there they were performing the duties of the temple, and doing terrible things at the same time; they were not warned nor rebuked by their father; he knew his sons; but he did not stop them!! and God took care of them the same time, the same day!

iii).Then think of Samson! Here was a saved man; He is mentioned in Hebrews Eleven in that faith chapter known by many as the “hall of faith”!  But then, Delilah, and other women; and look where he ended up, and what happened to him in the end!!  Another example in the Old Testament,

iv).think of Ghazis, that right hand man of Elisha; saved no doubt; but went after Nehemaan; for those garments; he did not fear God; if he did at that moment he wouldn’t have done it!!   

V).In the N.T. we have Ananias and Saparia? I  believe they were saved !! But they pretended; and told lies!   Beloved, you do anything bad, wrong; be concerned about it; and deal with it; get it right with God and with the people and that you don’t have to loose peace about it!!   Remember that these are written for our admonition, upon whom the end of the world is come!!

The people who feared the Lord, and faired well? 

1.Noah; Hebrews 11:7, “by faith Noah being warned of God things not seen  as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”   God said I am going to judge this world, with a world wide flood; and God said unto him, “ build an Ark for you and your family”! and Noah took God seriously!  I tell you many modern day Christians would probably  think, “ I wonder if it is the Devil who gave me that idea?! A flood? it never rained before; may be I got the wrong impression.”    But Noah took God at His word, and went forth and built an Ark!! And no doubt while working on that, he was the joke of the population!

2.Abraham:  Genesis 22:11  You know what is in that chapter; the offering up of Isaac! “ And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, theine only son from me.” There is a clear cut example of the fear of God! Abraham the friend of God!! (James 2:23; 2nd Chronicles 20:7)

3.Joseph:  Genesis 42:18 What a fine young man Joseph was; and we know all his trials; his brothers sold him into slavery; in Potiphar’s house how his wife enticed him and he has to flee and so forth! You know what; you don’t hear any murmuring or complaint from that man recorded in the word of God! Long after all that his brothers had come and discovered him in Egypt; and they were afraid that he was going to get even with them! That’s what they would have done, and no doubt! “…Joseph said unto them, the third day, This do, and live for I  fear  God:” His life, his testimony proved the same!

4. Moses: Hebrews 11:27 talking about Moses here; “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for endured, as seeing him who is invisible.“” We saw that in Proverbs that a man who fears the Lord, does not have fear man. And that is what we find in Moses, as far as Pharaoh is concerned!  These men  and many others, had a testimony for God! They feared God! God!  Dearly beloved, expects us to have a healthy respect and reverence for God; and for His word!   May God help us to be determined to obey His commands!

5.Job The Patriarch:  Job 1:1 reads,  “.There was a man  in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” Job was a mature, a complete person, spiritually! And he was upright; He was straight; no deviation! “he feared God”!! And this is by God’s estimation!   He feared God; hate evil! He does not compromise a little bit! No excuse for falling into sin! And we need to learn to hate sin! In verse 8 we read, “ And the LORD said unto  Satan, hath considered my servant Job, that thee is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fearth  God, and escheweth evil?..” Have you seen my man Job! What a testimony! “one that fearth God and eschew evil.”

 Most of the book of Ecclesiastics is the record of a man who lost his testimony! He walked with God; but down through the years he lost it!    But not everything in the book of Ecclesiastics is skewed (crooked, not straight or curved), but most of it is!! It is just a man in the flesh!!   We read in Ecclesiastics 12: 13, “Let us hear the  conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.“!!     Dearly beloved, this is extremely the most important subject; and I believe many times we fail right here! We may fail other places too; but we fail right here with no exception! Let’s ask God to help us, to know the fear of the Lord and to hate evil!!!

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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