Why It’s Important to Walk in the Fear of the Lord
Psalm 33:18–19 talks about our physical life and what God does for us. It reads,”Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.” It means that when we walk in the fear (awe) of the Lord we don’t have to be concerned. The economy might be bad, jobs might get tight—there might be a sense of famine or shortage. God says, “If you’ll fear Me, the famine (or other calamities) won’t hit you. You will stand out. You will be different. You will be above and not beneath.” When we walk in the fear of God, He keeps us alive in times of famine and shortage.
We can see this truth throughout Scripture. We can go back and read about how God dealt with the Egyptians and the Hebrews in the the Exodus. In the midst of terrible plagues, He kept the Hebrews safe because they walked in the fear of the Lord. His hand rested on them and they were untouched. He kept them alive in the famine.
God opened the Red Sea for the Hebrews. They pass through the sea “as on dry ground.” But, what happened to the Egyptians (people who chose not to fear God)? They needed some serious swimming lessons. They were in trouble.
Psalm 91:7 says, “A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.”
God makes it clear. There is a mark of demarcation between those who fear Him and those who choose not to fear Him. God keeps those who fear Him away from the famine and shortage.
It doesn’t matter what is going on around us in the world. It doesn’t matter about the economy, the stock market, gas prices or even who gets elected in November. We are called to be a people who understand that God will keep us. He will never leave us or forsake us. That’s His promise to those who choose to fear Him.
What about you. Do you choose to fear Him? Or do you put your trust in something else? It’s your choice and there are eternal consequences to it. Choose wisely.