Failure to Fear the Lord

April 8, 2021 at 1:26 PM 11 comments

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In 1 Kings we see the transition from King David to his son, King Solomon. From King Solomon to successive kings who came after him, a variety of governments tried by these kings failed. They all failed to include God in the process of ruling over the people of Israel because each king failed to fear God, or to exercise profound reverence.

One of the main points of 1 and 2 Kings is that no matter how a king might rule over the people, if God is deliberately ignored or pushed out of the picture (due to a lack of fear of Him), failure is guaranteed. This also applies to the lives of Christians today, yet how often do we hear this subject?

In the book The Outlined Bible (1921), author Robert Lee has pointed out the following trajectory taken by the kings in 1 Kings:

  • Establishment of the Kingdom
  • Glory of the Kingdom
  • Disruption of the Kingdom
  • Decline of the Kingdom

and 2 Kings:

  • Jehovah Ignored
  • Jehovah Derided
  • Jehovah’s Anger
  • Jehovah’s Compassion
  • Jehovah’s Great Anger
  • Jehovah’s Fierce Wrath

Lee also states:

(1 Kings) is written to show the causes of the establishment and decline of the kingdom. It points out that, when loyal to God, Israel flourished, but when Israel departed from God their morals and their kingdom declined. The vision (22:19) is very important. God sat as Sovereign on His throne dispensing mercy and grace to the penitent and obedient, but punishment and chastisement to the sinners.

The tragedy of these truths is not simply seen in Israel. In fact, while there is no connection between the USA and Israel (as some would have us believe), the fact remains that what God has shown us about Israel in Holy Writ is exactly what happens to every nation/empire due to a lack of fearing God.

While the USA began as somewhat of a “Christian” nation (though many of our founding fathers were actually Deists, not Christians), in that biblical principles were used to create our Constitutional Republic, it began moving off that path very early on. Is it any wonder that the USA is now being destroyed from within? Because of all that continues to be acceptable and pushed to the front within the United States, it appears, based on history, that God has very little recourse except to allow this nation to proceed to judgment.

I’m not really sure how anyone can logically disagree with this because of the many examples provided in Scripture regarding the nation of Israel and other nations as well. Israel removed herself from God’s kindness, compassion and loving care through disobedience, idolatry and ultimately, outright rebellion – all due to a lack of profound reverence for Him and His ways.

Even though Solomon was given tremendous wisdom and insight, allowing him to rule Israel with compassion and strength, he was still willing to do the things that God had forbidden. Solomon married the Egyptian Pharaoh’s daughter though he was already married (1 Kings 3:1; cf Exodus 23:31-33, 34:12-16, and Deuteronomy 17:17). Beyond this, Solomon also seemed to collect horses (1 Kings 4:26), which he also should not have done.

Why did Solomon do these things? It is because wisdom, in and of itself, does not necessarily provide a God-ordained sense of profound reverence (fear) for and of God. If that was the case, Solomon would never have moved away from God throughout his entire life. It is the same with Moses and anyone else who represented God. Moses sinned by striking the rock because he, at that point, did not fear God enough. God had become too familiar. The fear – in that moment – was gone. Moses paid a price for it.

The same exact thing applies to each and every Christian. We sin because we lack the appropriate fear of God.

I believe Solomon’s failures to fear God came back to haunt him later on and ultimately created two nations from one: the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. In spite of Solomon’s tremendous wisdom granted by God Himself, we see that Solomon chased after this, that or the other thing in attempts to find “fulfillment” and “peace” (Ecclesiastes), though Solomon does finally arrive to the correct conclusion at the end. What it proves is that wisdom itself is not the key to finding and enjoying God. Wisdom may well shine the light on God’s existence and our ability to understand that God can be known, but what is needed before wisdom is a firm and profound reverence (fear) for and of Him and His ways. Do you have that? Are you developing that?

The FEAR of the Lord is the BEGINNING of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10 KJV; emphasis added)

Let’s be clear here. Without a proper and abiding fear of God, we will never truly know God at all. It all starts with fear. While the Christian should never fear God’s judgment or wrath – we have been saved from that – God will chastise His wayward children and He does so out of love. Fear, a truly deep and abiding profound reverence for God, will keep Him from having to chastise us because it will be that fear that continually moves us toward Him in humility, keeping us from offending Him.

Dr. Thomas Constable says that Solomon’s method of governing Israel was oppressive. Once Solomon died, Rehoboam tried a different approach, which was autocracy. This actually created even more of a burden for the people and they chafed under it. Jeroboam, the king of the Northern Kingdom after the split, chose a new method of governing the people there; a form of democracy. Unfortunately, while there were some positives to this method, it ultimately gave birth to idolatry that hounded Israel for generations.

Of course we can see the problem with all of these methods as they all involve the same root problem: failure to fear God.

But what about authentic Christians who are alive now? My wife and I were discussing this the other day. It is as though there is but a true “remnant” of authentic Christians who exercise a growing desire to have only what God wants and endeavor to follow Him in all things. These folks are characterized by their love and devotion to God stemming from a growing and profound reverence (fear) for Him.

There is a tragedy occurring today that many Christians seem completely unaware of as they live their daily lives. There is no fear of God in them. None.

Dr. Michael Lake (“The Shinar Directive“), bluntly states that Christians today live with a “Snippet Theology,” meaning we grab onto a verse here or there and build our theology from it. Because of this, when I speak of our need to “fear” God, someone is likely to come back with a “snippet” of Scripture like, “But perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18). However, there is absolutely no contradiction with that truth and with the truth that each Christian must have a true fear of God now. I have no reason to fear God’s judgment or wrath, but I should have a great fear of failure to obey Him.

That is the exact point that John is making in that verse. We should fear being disobedient. We should fear failing to bring Him glory. We should fear becoming arrogant and too worldly. We should fear taking it easy on ourselves where sin is concerned. But we should not fear His judgment or wrath because we will never experience that.

Too many Christians appear completely unable to see and understand the entire concept of godly fear. I am one of them, but by God’s grace, that is changing.

When did Job come to the end of himself? When did YOU or I come to the end of ourselves? Have YOU? Have I?

Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. (Job 40:4 KJV)

Job had heard God and had absolutely no answer to God’s queries. None. Job was left realizing how utterly vile he was and had no ground to ask or demand from God any answer to any question. This was Job’s start of true wisdom because he had finally come to a point of understanding what it meant to truly fear God.

As righteous as Job may have been prior to all that occurred in his life, I believe it was at this point Job finally came to the end of himself and stopped relying on his own strength. He saw that he was utterly bereft and any righteousness he had was due only to the fact that God imputed it to Job based on Job’s faith. Yet, Job’s faithfulness was not a substitute for having an ongoing profound reverence for God; a reverence that silences us before His grandeur, splendor, justice and perfection. a reverence that removes all excuses and all our own machinations.

If any of us saw or heard God today, don’t you think we’d fall over onto our faces as though dead? The majesty, awesome unlimited power, omniscience and eternal character of God compared to our puny, limited, ability should cause us to react in horror at our own sin and failure. It should remove every question or word from our heart and lips as we fall prone before Him endeavoring to do nothing but worship Him.

Are we too familiar with God? Are we too satisfied with His love?

I’m beginning to understand why the angelic host will sing “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God” or something similar (Isaiah 6:2-3; Luke 2:13-14; Revelation 5:8-11; etc.), continuously. God’s character is never fully understood by any of His created beings. We will spend eternity discovering Him and singing His praises. We will never come to the end of our praise of and for Him. We can and should start now, in this life. That can only happen as we begin to understand what it means to fear the Lord.

In every generation God has kept for Himself a remnant (1 Kings 19:18; Romans 11:5), and that is the case today. While Paul in Romans was specifically referring to the remnant of believing Jews, those believing Jews since the inception of the Church are hidden within the Body of Christ. But this also applies to all authentic Christians who are to be bearers of light and truth in every age of darkness; the remnant of believers.

Our days are growing very dark. I believe if we learn to properly fear God, we will be that much more obedient and sure-footed here and now. The problem is that we do not fear Him enough. We actually fear the world and its satanic system more, don’t we? Be honest. I know that is true with me and it must change. By His grace and strength, it will change.

A crossroad is before us. Which way will you go? Will you seek to have a growing fear of God (a profound reverence)? Do you understand that this is where wisdom and knowing God actually starts? Or, will you be content focusing solely on His love, as though that excuses Christians from having to be obedient because of “grace”? We need both. One without the other creates a very unbalanced Christian.

Fearing God is the only path to Him. We fear hell, so we reach out to Him for salvation. However, too often, we are done. We should just as much strive to learn to fear Him because fear keeps us from disappointing Him after we become Christians. Every sin in the lives of God’s people can be traced back to one thing: a complete lack of profound reverence (fear) for Him.

When will our sin and disobedience be enough? Fear God in all things.

 

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  • […] believe this goes back to the point I made in my last article, “Failure to Fear the Lord,” which addresses the issue of the average Christian’s inability or unwillingness to […]

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  • 2. Maranatha Today  |  April 9, 2021 at 9:38 AM

    Excellent! This has been a daily discussion between my husband and I as we see all the atrocities playing out all over the world…people know “of” God but they don’t “know” Him. The lack of fear and reverence is heartbreaking…the created thinks they can usurp the Creator!

    Time is short, may we continue to walk in complete fear and reverence for Yahweh and may the Holy Spirit quicken us to keep our eyes totally on Him. It’s getting darker as you said, but we are the shiny light in the world. Wicks are trimmed, and we have extra oil!

    Blessings and thanks…

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    • 3. modres  |  April 9, 2021 at 9:44 AM

      I am frankly chagrined simply because for years, this whole thing seems to have been bypassed by me. Now, it seems as though EVERYTHING is coming into focus all because of the MAIN and most important aspect of being a Christian – fearing the Lord. I’m going to spend more time going over this in the next few articles.

      Thanks for your comments, Maranatha!

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      • 4. Maranatha Today  |  April 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM

        Thanks Modres…it’s bypassed most of us!…To God be the Glory we are realizing this is the most important thing about following the Lord…having reverent fear for Him…

        I’ve been listening to Judges, 1/2 Kings and 1/2 Chronicles on YouTube uploaded by a channel called “wmforce”. It is an audio dramatized version…excellent. I’ve also listened to Randy Smith who did some great teachings called “Lessons from a Divided Kingdom”…honestly, some of the things he taught years ago are so prophetic…

        Look forward to more articles…blessings to you and have a great weekend.

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      • 5. modres  |  April 9, 2021 at 11:53 AM

        I think especially in these days and times, His “remnant” of people who are committed to Him and want to learn to fear the Lord (because it is a process), will be the ones who will see His promises throughout His Word (especially Psalms and Proverbs), fulfilled in us/them.

        Thanks for the info about wmforce. I may have to check it out. Haven’t heard of Randy Smith but will check him out as well.

        Thanks and blessings to you and yours!

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      • 6. Maranatha Today  |  April 9, 2021 at 2:12 PM

        “…His “remnant” of people who are committed to Him and want to learn to fear the Lord (because it is a process), will be the ones who will see His promises throughout His Word (especially Psalms and Proverbs), fulfilled in us/them.”

        Yes!

        I sent you info about Randy some time back but then I send so much and you must have tons to get through…Lol…His teachings are under “one hour, one book” on You Tube…the Divided Kingdom is in the Playlist.

        I’ve also been on JD Farag’s Forum and many are in the same boat as we are and people are heartbroken about their peps taking this vx…sad, so sad.

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      • 7. modres  |  April 9, 2021 at 2:14 PM

        It’s making it’s rounds and it seems those who want to follow the Lord will do that while those who are satisfied with their own mediocrity will settle for that sadly.

        Keep sending info 🙂

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  • 8. Susan  |  April 8, 2021 at 5:28 PM

    What really put the fear of God in me was Revelation 20:12-15. I would not want my name “blotted out” this has kept me on the straight and narrow. I do hear plenty of “Christians” say once saved always saved, therefore, they live with no fear of God. The Bible gives a whole list of those who will not inherit the Kingdom in Revelation21:8. I do not believe one can live in sin and claim the “once saved, always saved.” Verse 7 of the same chapter tells us we must overcome to inherit all things. The best case for a Laodicean is the once saved always saved. The Book of Life is truly those following Jesus. If Jesus did not do it, I should not be doing it.

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    • 9. modres  |  April 8, 2021 at 5:29 PM

      And the more we have profound reverence (fear) of Him the more likely we will obey, which He tells us is better than sacrifice.

      Thanks, Susan.

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  • 10. Jen B  |  April 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    Such a timely and insightful article. Yes, we need to get back to a healthy fear and reverence of our LORD.

    “1st Peter 1:7 and if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth.”

    Was just reading a similar exhortation from Dr. Benware who points out the difference in those believers walking in the “two world view” as opposed to the “one world view”….the former being defined as living well for Jesus Christ in this world because there is a clear focus on the world to come. The American church is consumed with the one world view, which is devoted to earthy pursuits and pleasures. There is so little teaching on eschatology in the church that the church now looks very much like the world. this year has definitely helped grow me into a two world view, less of the world, less of me and more of a focus on Him. At least I am praying that by His Spirit, I can abide in Him more and more.

    Also, we need to really give our minds to understand the current intercession and ministry of our LORD Jesus on our behalf…the church seems to have completely lost sight of where He is now and what He is doing.

    Judgment begins with us, and I thank you for the warning and intend to take these things to Heart. There is truly no time to waste.

    In light of where we are, It would appear that far too many believers have placed more faith in the political system (one world view) than the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit amongst and in us. I believe God is also reproving us for this and reminding us He alone is to be the object of our faith. I myself have repented of the idea of politics or any political leader as a source of my well being or contentment. Especially with unbelievers, it leads to fruitless arguments and discussions. This point was made even more clear to me when an unsaved friend who I have prayed for many years, relayed an argument she had with her Christian father. I was struck by the lack of fruit in his witness…he stood for his political beliefs and he let her know how wicked the world is, but all she saw was a quick temper and lack of compassion. I truly believe that our witness in the world and any sharing of the good news with others must be done outside of a political lens.

    America simply is ripe for judgment and the chaos we see and the lack of morality in our leaders is a reflection on our society…God appears to be giving us the fruit of our desires.

    May our Father and Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you with the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

    Jen B

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    • 11. modres  |  April 8, 2021 at 5:06 PM

      Well said, Jen. Thank you. I find myself being appalled at my own past flippancy and I desperately want to move away from it.

      I believe the more we learn to fear the Lord God, the greater will our commitment and obedience to Him be.

      Yes, we Christians need to be far more mindful of our focus. Politics will not save us and currently politics is destroying the USA.

      I’ll have more to say about fearing the Lord.

      Thanks again.

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