In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence.
—Proverbs 14:26, NKJV
Living in the fear of the Lord is not being afraid of Him! It is having peace in your relationship with Him. It is honoring and trusting Him with everything in your life. Living in the fear and respect of God is a powerful truth that sets you free from the opinions of men. It gives you strong confidence in your relationship with God and the way He directs you to minister to others.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). It is the way Jesus ministered and the only way we ought to minister. The Holy Spirit guides us to make good decisions that are impartial and not subject to the opinions of those with self-interests. When we fear and respect God’s opinion over any man’s, we have no reason to fear anything. We have confidence that God, who began a good work in us, is the only one with the power and authority to complete it. We know that within ourselves or within the opinion of any other person, there is no power.
Even though we do not live by the opinions of men, it is to our greatest benefit and the benefit of others to seek wise godly counsel from those that we completely trust.
“Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days” (Proverbs 19:20, NKJV).
We need the counsel of others to help us fulfill the vision God has given us. He never calls us to achieve His purposes alone. Being open to godly counsel helps us to see more clearly God’s plans and how to fulfill His will. It also helps us to help others to fulfill God’s will in their lives.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17, NKJV).
Sometimes the counsel you have sought does not bear witness with you. But do not immediately refuse it. Wait. Put what you believe is from God and what you have been told on a shelf for a while. Pray about the counsel you have received. Do not allow your vision or the advice you have been given to dominate you. Your vision is never about you. It is about God’s plan to work through you—to disciple and edify others. Be teachable. After praying about the counsel you have received and allowing the Holy Spirit time to show you, you have prepared your heart to follow God’s direction. Whatever you have peace about is from God.
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward” (Hebrews 10:35, NKJV).
Confidence rises from knowing Christ within us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Persevere to have confidence in your relationship with God. When doubt or fear rises, keep reminding yourself of what Christ has given you—right-standing with God that assures you of peace in your relationship with Him. Believe and hold on to it with diligence. The reward is great.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20, NKJV).
When we honor and respect God above all others, we have peace and trust in Him. We have strong confidence in the fact that God does abundantly more than we ask or think through the work He does in us. And when we believe, we walk by faith and not by sight. We confidently live His truth and see the result of that which He has promised.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher