Notice what we are to fear and what we don’t have to fear. Notice too the benefits of fearing God.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
In God, whose word I praise,in the Lord, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid.What can man do to me?
Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
“When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
The midwives were more concerned about what God thought about them then what the king thought about them. It was scarier to think of God being disappointed then whatever the king could do to them
And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. You grumbled in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’” Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! “Go, tell them to return to their tents. But you stay here with me so that I may give you all the commands, decrees and laws you are to teach them to follow in the land I am giving them to possess.” So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
Deuteronomy 6:1-2, 24
These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.
The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you.
If you do things to please people, ultimately you will disappoint them. If you do what God calls us to do your reputation will rise. People will see God in you.
Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
1 Samuel 12:20-25
“Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.”
Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices.
And he said to the human race,“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,and to shun evil is understanding.”
I lie down and sleep;I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
Even though I walkthrough the darkest valley,I will fear no evil,for you are with me;your rod and your staff,they comfort me.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against meto devour me,it is my enemies and my foeswho will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me,my heart will not fear;though war break out against me,even then I will be confident.
Psalm 31:1, 19-20
In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;let me never be put to shame;deliver me in your righteousness. How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you,that you bestow in the sight of all,on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues;you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues.
God, who is enthroned from of old,who does not change—he will hear them and humble them,because they have no fear of God. My companion attacks his friends;he violates his covenant. His talk is smooth as butter,yet war is in his heart;his words are more soothing than oil,yet they are drawn swords. Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Come and hear, all you who fear God;let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth;his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart,the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God,who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;you alone are God. Teach me your way, Lord,that I may rely on your faithfulness;give me an undivided heart,that I may fear your name.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west,so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children,so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,and his righteousness with their children’s children
Praise the Lord.Blessed are those who fear the Lord,who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land;the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses,and their righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken;they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news;their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,their righteousness endures forever;their horn will be lifted high in honor.
Blessed are all who fear the Lord,who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor;blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house;your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion;may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you live to see your children’s children—peace be on Israel.
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you,an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety,and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid;when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,and for their children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,turning a person from the snares of death.
The fear of the Lord leads to life;then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
Do not let your heart envy sinners,but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people: “Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy;do not fear what they fear,and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,he is the one you are to fear,he is the one you are to dread.
So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you;I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against youwill surely be ashamed and disgraced;those who oppose youwill be as nothing and perish.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.It does not fear when heat comes;its leaves are always green.It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.
But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear. I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.’”
I called on your name, Lord,from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you,and you said, “Do not fear.” You, Lord, took up my case;you redeemed my life.
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
1 John 4:16-18
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Who will not fear you, Lord,and bring glory to your name?For you alone are holy.All nations will come and worship before you,for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Then a voice came from the throne, saying:“Praise our God,all you his servants,you who fear him,both great and small!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:“Hallelujah!For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!For the wedding of the Lamb has come,and his bride has made herself ready.