From Pastor’s Desk:
You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. – Deuteronomy 13:4 NASB
“Revere” is the meaning of יָרֵא, yârê’ (yaw-ray’), the original from of “fear.” Maybe this could come under the idea of a “healthy fear” or reverence of God? It stands to reason that if we do not reverence Him, we are certainly not going to follow Him. If we don’t reverence Him, we’re not going to keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and, most of all, and cling to Him.
It would be a Rhetorical statement to say that life is difficult. Without God’s leading, it is so much more so. Does that mean there will be no more problems? Of course not! With His leading, we’re going to automatically be financially secure? Nope! Are all relationships gonna’ be just super-duper? Probably not! Are we going to have everything our own way all the time? Absolutely not!
Why then should we follow God and revere Him if life is going to be the same as without Him? Hold on. I didn’t say that it was going to be the same. The problems that come, with Him, are problems that He knows and cares about, and will do something about, according to His will. When finances are low (or none) we are promised that He will always provide (Matthew 6:33). In the midst of ill-fated relationships we have the assurance that though others might leave us, He won’t (Hebrews 13:5). Doing things our own way usually doesn’t work out very well, because our own way usually doesn’t line up with His way (Isaiah 55:9). It is when we accept the fact that His way is best, that we yield to His sovereignty and rest in the peace of knowing that, at the time of yielding, everything will work out, because “we know that all things work together for them who love God, who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
To not follow Him is to not fear Him. To not fear Him is not to keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.