Why should we have a fear of God?
But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.–Psalm 63:11
You notice that David says sweareth by him, Deuteronomy 6:13 makes this a little clearer, “Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.”
Growing up, I always remember being told we should fear God and that didn’t make sense that we have a loving God, but we should fear him like he’s a big meanie. To fear God means to have a deep respect for Him. It’s like the relationship I have with my Dad. When I was younger, and my Dad and I wrestled around, he very easily could take me. As I got older, it was harder for him and now I would probably come out the victor in a wrestling match. So as a child I knew my Dad could physically harm me and there was a physical fear (even though he wouldn’t). Now I still fear my father, not that I’m worried about him physically harming me, but I respect his opinion and value his wisdom.
Our fear of God is the same, yes, God could physically harm us, yet he doesn’t. We should fear Him due to the fact that he created everything, including us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows how we will react to situations, even though we don’t know how we would react ourselves. He is the one that understands the universe and how it works, what holds it together.
We know that one day he will be the final judge of what we do. We will all have to give an account for what we have done and how we have used what we were given. To fear God is to realize we’re not the most important. Our pride and egos tell us otherwise, but God is the controller of all things. He can allow events to happen or completely stop them. We have no power over them. His will, will be done, even if we purposely try to counter it. Just as I feared my Earthly Father, due to the respect I had for him; I should fear my Heavenly Father for the same reasons and more.
When we fear God, we acknowledge we don’t know everything. In that we have humbled ourselves and put ourselves in a position to learn or to receive knowledge. That’s when we can start thirsting for God, because we then start wanting to understand what he knows. To gain his wisdom. Without fearing God, we will never have a thirsty soul for him.