Walking in the Fear of God

Michael Beck

“Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.” (Acts 9:31)

Walking in the fear of God is not merely an Old Testament concept. Because of the great provisions of the New covenant, Paul exhorts the saints to walk in the fear of God: “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)

If we are to walk in the fear of God we must walk softly before Him. We must diligently enquire of Him in all things. We must fear to offend Him by speaking our own words and proceeding down our own path. God is a God of love and mercy but He is still “terrible in majesty” and deserves “greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.” (Psalm 89:7)

God has given us so much. He has made it possible for us to worship and love Him as He deserves. To whom much is given, much is required. “… Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12,13)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.