Is There A Need To Fear God?


When praying, we usually utter prayer of praise to God or praise and worship prayers. However, we often read biblical phrases emphasizing the fact that people should fear the Lord. However, what does it really mean by the phrase, “fear of the Lord?” Is it really about fearing Him like any other sources of fear in this world such as accidents, storms, earthquakes and other catastrophes?

God Is A Loving Father

When the Bible says that you should fear the Lord your God, it means you have to fear the Lord in a good way. Remember that He is a loving Father and a God. Why would you fear the one who lovingly provides your needs, patiently forgives you all the time and treats you His son? Fear God and at the same time, learn how to communicate with Him through uttering a prayer for guidance and a prayer for thanksgiving. He is concerned about our spiritual and general wellbeing. He has been so patient in forgiving your trespasses. God knows your heart. No matter how sinful you are, He can and will forgive you as long as you know how to repent for your sins.

However, it does not necessarily mean that you are free to sin all the time. The Bible wants us to
fear the Lord and use this fear to prevent ourselves from committing more mistakes and sins.

The fear of God should signify the fear of the judgment of the Lord and eternal death. According to Hebrews 12:28-29: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.’” It only means that the “reverence and awe” should be the exact meaning of the fear of God. It serves as a motivating factor for everyone to surrender themselves to the Lord. This also means that God deserves praise and worship prayers. He is not only the God who must be feared. He is also the God who should be praised and worshipped.

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” This means that we cannot attain true wisdom unless we develop a reverential fear of the Lord and understand who He is. A person can only have true wisdom by understanding who God is and knowing that He is a righteous and holy God. The Bible gives utmost emphasis on serving the Lord and walking in His ways.

On the other hand, some believers think that fearing God is the same as respecting Him as the Ultimate Creator. It is like the fear of discipline we feel from our parents. As the children of God, it is a must to fear His discipline and live a life that pleases Him. As our Creator, He deserves our praise and worship prayers as well as a prayer for thanksgiving.