Open Heaven Devotional For 16 October 2022 : TOPIC – Fear God
MEMORISE: “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” – Job 28:28 (KJV)
READ: Psalm 25:14 (KJV)
14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 23-24
I have heard some funny theories concerning the fear of God. Some people believe that when the Bible says. “Fear God”, it doesn’t really mean that you should fear Him: it actually means that you should just reverence Him. I don’t know which Bible they are reading, but my Bible says, “Fear God”, period. Hebrews 12:29 says that He is a consuming fire. Who is not afraid of fire? Even a mad dog, when he sees fire, will run. The Bible says in Proverbs 1:7 that:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7
The Bible verse above is saying that if there is any iota of wisdom in you at all, you will fear this God. Thus, if you see someone who doesn’t fear God yet claims to be wise, he is only deceiving himself.
Now, my question to you is: do you fear God? I want you to think about that question very well before you answer. Do you really fear Him? If you truly fear Him, you will not be disobeying His commandments.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. – Proverbs 3:7
The moment you dip your hands into sin, you are telling God that you don’t fear Him, that you are wise in your own eyes. It may look as if God is powerless now because you committed sin and He did nothing, but I advise you to stop it because His wrath is coming for all sinners.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; – Romans 1:18
Don’t be among fools who have chosen not to fear God. You want to be wise? You want God to share secrets with you? You want to avoid God’s wrath? Fear Him and show this in your complete and prompt obedience to His word.
If you have any iota of wisdom at all, you will fear God and stay away from sin henceforth.
HYMN 19: O Worship The King
1 O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.
2 O tell of his might and sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.
3 Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
4 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail.
Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!
5 O measureless Might, unchangeable Love,
whom angels delight to worship above!
Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze,
in true adoration shall sing to your praise!
Open Heavens 2022 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven for Today 2022