Where is the fear of God?

There is not enough fear in the church these days. The stereotypical emphasis on the message of love has left us without fear and we have forgotten about God's holiness. The lack of knowledge in the church about God is a symptom of this disease.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:7).
This lack of fear seems to manifest itself in two different ways: There are those who think they know God when they barely read/understand the Bible. There are others who have spent so much time reading the Bible that they start to think their thoughts are God's thoughts.

The Bible is our best source of knowledge about God, anybody who thinks they can know God without reading the Bible is being foolish. It is amazing how people who don't read the Bible talk with such authority about God. If the Bible is not our source of knowledge about God then we are left to our own opinions, and all opinions are equally valid.

Studying the Bible to know God is important, but that does not mean we have the right to speak when God hasn't spoken. There is a Bible verse that says, "not to go beyond what is written (1 Cor. 4:6)," which is crucial to remember, because putting words into God's mouth is taking His name in vain.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain (Deut. 5:11).
This does not mean that we should not have confidence in what we know about God, but that we need to be careful that it is not our own opinion, either because of lack of knowledge or misplaced confidence in our knowledge. We have a way of elevating what we think is the best way to God's way, this is no trivial matter and will result in us knowing less about God, not more.


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