And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”(Deuteronomy 10:12)
The fear of the Lord is a requirement in serving God. God expected it from the Israelites. He was teaching them it for their own good. God had good plans for them. They were to fear and love Him. This would be evident in keeping His commands. Obedience was proof of their loyalty and love toward the only God.
This fear is also for the believers in Christ Jesus. Believers are to work out their salvation in fear and trembling. Unrighteousness is not to be tolerated. A believer may sin, but he or she should hate it. They should avoid it. Sin separates from God and puts up a relationship barrier with Him. If a person does sin, they are to seek forgiveness and cleansing in humility before the Lord. He promises to forgive and give restoration of fellowship with Himself.
What does fear of the Lord look like? It is turning away from evil thoughts and actions. It is turning toward the good. It is visiting the sick and those in prison, feeding the hungry and giving the thirsty something to drink, and clothing the naked. It is treating others the way they want to be treated or better how God wants you to treat them. James states this, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”(James 1:27)
Challenge: Believers, fear of the Lord is a requirement and turning away from evil is God’s expectation. Keep your faith pure by following His commands to carryout His love. The Holy Spirit is your help. Remember what you do in love for the least of these then you do for Jesus. He has promised to reward such faith.