To have reverence and fear of God is to express deep sense of adoration, awe and honor to God in recognition of His holiness, sovereignty and love. It makes someone stay on the side of righteousness all the time, as it causes a person to accurately obey the will of God. It is like a shepherd staff that guides the sheep towards the right direction. With an earnest desire to please Him, reverent fear of God keeps a person’s actions, words and thoughts under control.
The value of reverence and fear of God is relevant in our day-to-day life. We are aware of the rife violent crimes in the country. It is troubling to hear certain acts of murder, theft, and physical injuries committed even before the presence of law enforcers. It is also tiring to know the endless acts of corruption, whether concealed or explicitly committed. These are worthless use of courage that are fatal to the lives of present and succeeding generations.
The threshold of all these patent violation of laws, rules, and regulations is the lack of reverence and fear of God. This makes the transgressors have a thoughtless disregard of the consequential effects of their detestable acts towards themselves, their family members, and loved ones. They are not aware of the fact that condemnation awaits the wicked. Worse, they are unmindful of God Almighty who watches over the wicked and the righteous. This keeps them viciously chronic and incorrigible.
People of this type have itching ears and unbelieving to the word of righteousness. The truth never enters into their hearts. They are heedless until they personally learn from their circumstances and misery that they themselves have created. Only then that they give attention to corrections and discipline. They become contrite upon realizing that uprightness is still the better choice to make.
We should not therefore learn the hard way. Before worse things happen, we must allow the word of righteousness to take root into our hearts. It will create a righteous nature within us and will cultivate a life of holiness. It will nurture the value of reverence and fear of God. Our clear conscience becomes our guide. Even without mastery of the existing laws, we become law-abiding citizens. There is an inner instinct that helps us determine what is right and wrong because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The transformed nature within enables us to be irreproachable.
In this time of pandemic, we should do away with the practice called “kapit sa patalim”, as it has been written that ‘the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, by which one may avoid the snares of death’. Hence, all the more that we should have reverence and fear of God. The intense afflictions we may be facing now should not be a license or a driving force for us to deliberately transgress. The best place to live is in the side of God. He remains the source of blessing. Abundance and favour belong to the God-fearing. (AOS, CRFV)
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