Does your fear of the Lord change the way you behave? If it doesn’t, how much do you really fear Him? The fear of the Lord should be evident in how we act on a daily basis. Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly. It causes you to do what is right.
I know that I have not always walked in a healthy fear of God. I know this because I don’t always do what is right. When my heart leads me astray and I make the choice to sin against my God, I am far from fearing God. I might fear Him the moment after I sin because I am afraid of the consequences, but how easily that realization is swayed by whatever temptation has caught my eye. It’s sad to think about how little I fear God at times. So, what’s the solution?
The fear of God isn’t a fear of punishment per se. It doesn’t come from heavy handedness. Just the opposite. The fear of God comes from pressing into a deep, and passionate love relationship with our Lord. The more I fill my every thought with Him, the more I fear hurting His feelings. The more I am in awe of who He is, the more I fear being less than who He created me to be and fear doing anything that might bring an ill word to His name. If I allow my myself to be enveloped by all that God is, then I will fear giving myself to anything that is contrary to Him.
What would it look like for you to allow God to be even more to you? For your focus to be more completely on Him? Let nothing stand in the way of this. Cultivate a fear of the Lord.