Fear of God
as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Not one of the most popular topics in this trendy, modern civilization. This passage is actually at the heart of Paul’s teaching on salvation, a very important part of the New Testament. We would rather hear about inclusion and success or maybe a healthy self image, not exactly Paul’s message. One of the great reformers, John Calvin (not one of the modern favorites), commented on this passage.
“In the last clause he (Paul) repeats again, in other words, what we have noticed at the beginning — that every wickedness flows from a disregard of God: for as the principal part of wisdom is the fear of God, when we depart from that, there remains in us nothing right or pure. In short, as it is a bridle to restrain our wickedness, so when it is wanting, we feel at liberty to indulge every kind of licentiousness.”
What a statement, “every wickedness flows from a disregard of God”. All of us know our world needs to change. The difference we have is the source of that change. According to the Bible, the basic problems of our lives and, ultimately our world, flows out of the depths of our hearts. How does our heart change? It can change only by spiritual awakening. As we become aware of Him, His holiness, His Sovereignty, His wisdom and power, His amazing grace, then, and only then can we change. Having a glimpse of His greatness produces this godly fear in our hearts. How can we change? It starts by recognizing our need for Him in our lives. Then we begin to call out for Him, that is when He comes. The beginning of our spiritual journey is the fear of God. What are you waiting for, it is time to seek the Lord.