The Fear of the Lord is a foundational principle in the book of Proverbs and through out the Bible. Proverbs tells us that the "fear of the Lord" is the beginning of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding leading us away from the folly of a foolish life (Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10). The Hebrew term yirah: meaning "fear" has a range of meanings in the Old Testament. 1) It can mean “dread, terror” (Jonah 1:10), 2) It can mean "to stand" in awe or reverence of a king (1 Kings 3:28), and 3) it can mean " to revere or to respect parents" (Leviticus 19:3).
We know from the Old Testament that Moses spoke with God as a man speaks with a friend (Exodus 33:11). This should reassure us that God doesn't want us living in perpetual fear of His presence. Instead, He wants us to enter into his presence with a sense of "awe" and reverence. After all, He is the creator of the universe! The "fear of the Lord" parallels what Jesus taught us in the New Testament when he said, "Seek first the kingdom of God". (Matthew 6:33)
A "high regard" for God in your life will produce some key benefits . . .
(1) it is the beginning of knowledge about God and life (Proverbs 1:7),
(2) It will cause you to run from evil and disaster (Proverbs 8:13),
(3) It will prolong life and produce a fountain of life within you (Proverbs 10:27, 14:26-27).
Here's some practical steps to developing a "high regard" for God in your life . . .
(1) Read the Bible and get to know more about God's character (His holiness and goodness).
(2) Attend church on a regular basis with other believers. Give 10% of your income to God as an
expression of honor to God.
(3) Invite the Holy Spirit to make you more aware of Jesus and His teaching in your life.
(4) Seek to follow the teachings of Jesus as the grace of God transforms your life.
Living with a high regard for God will change the way you live and benefit you and those close to you!