We often think of fear as something to be avoided. But in the Bible, fear is sometimes equated with reverential awe. In fact, to fear God is to rightfully respect Him. For example, fear of God brings knowledge (Proverbs 1:7), wisdom (Psalm 111:10), confidence (Proverbs 14:25), and life (Proverbs 19:23).
In this sermon from Malachi 1:6-2:9, we look at three ways to cultivate a healthy fear of God in our hearts:
- Do not be cavalier towards the Creator
- Do not allow ritual to replace relationship
- Do not trifle with the truth
If we do not fear God, we will not have a vibrant relationship with Him. Fear of God leads to love of God, which ultimately leads to devotion to God.