You may have heard that you should “fear God,” but what does that mean? Is it the kind of fear you get when a giant wasp starts flying around your head or when you find yourself alone in a dark forest in the middle of the night? That could be very scary.
No, it is more of a healthy fear, like the fear of falling off a towering cliff or the fear when you have extreme pain that tells you when there is something wrong with your body. It drives you back from the cliff or urges you to go to the emergency room. It is the kind of fear that makes you seek help. It can save your life.
Jesus said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
Wow, now that is the kind of fear that can save your soul. I am talking about a fear that can keep your soul from Hell. God wants you to fear Him and obey His commands because He has set a day when everyone will be judged by what they have done, both good and evil. Therefore, God warns you not to live in sin so that He may save your soul from death and Hell.
If you are standing next to a cliff, on the verge of life or death, all that matters is that you are careful not to slip and fall. Knowing what will happen if you fall and the fear that comes with it will keep you safe from certain death. How grateful would you be if you did not know you were in danger and someone pulled you back from the edge?
The fear of the Lord will save your soul from eternal death if you obey what He says. So turn away from your lies, thefts, lust, hate, and immorality, and repent. Turn to God’s Word, the Bible, and Jesus Christ, who died for your sins. He is the way, the truth, and the life. So that you may not fall into sin, disobey His commands, and suffer punishment for all eternity for them.
Jesus knows your future destination and how to save your life and soul. It is a good thing to listen to His wisdom and instruction. It will save your soul, and if you did not know, He rewards His faithful servants who follow and obey Him.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” John 14:15,21