The Richardsons

“…yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God,which fear before him.” Ecclesiastes 8:12

If ever a time we truly need to fear God, it is now.  If you truly realize that it is God who made you and who is keeping you alive, you would then see the importance of fearing God and giving him thanks and praise by living your life for Him.  However, if for some reason the devil has deceived you into thinking or living as if you made yourself, you will neither have regard for God nor man.

In John 3:16 we read “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  Jesus Christ did not have to die for the sins of the world but he did.  He did it because of his love for us, so that we could be reconciled to God.  Do you fear God?

People who do not fear God have a tendency to swear and take the Lord’s name in vain.  “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” Exodus 20:7

It is only the mercies of God that some people are still alive, still sane, still have a family, still have a job, still have a home, still have peace, still have good health and strength.  Yet inspite of all this many refuse to fear God.  For some, education, social status has plunged them into a mindset that God is someone to be ignored, someone for people who are ignorant or illiterate.  Others think that only fools believe in God then of course there are those who say that there is no God.  “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” Psalm 14:1a

Wisdom is acquired by fearing God.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” Psalm 111:10  Not only that but those who fear God hate evil, pride and arrogance.  “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

People who fear God hate evil and the evil way.  Why?  Because there is a deep conviction within that there is accountability and responsibility for all actions.  “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”  Romans 14:12

It is a very dangerous and deadly thing to live without the fear of the Lord.  “The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.” Proverbs 10:27  In Psalm 36:1-3 it goes on to say “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.”

Each of us should be mindful of what we say and do and the way that we treat others.  Those who do not fear God look around but those who fear God look up.  God is all knowing, all powerful, all seeing and He is everywhere.

Some have acquired wealth, riches, positions and possessions because of unscrupulous and evil means.  They took no thought of who they had to trample or what they had to do to get what they wanted or who they wanted; for the fear of God is not in them.  However, such people need to realize that pay day is coming for them.  “for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10b  Do you fear God?