God-fearing is missing from many people’s vocabulary today. What is your definition and understanding of this term? Do other people see someone God-fearing when they look at you?
Proverbs 9:10 (KJV) says that "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." I believe that the contemporary Church, in general, lost the understanding of the ways of God the moment it lost its "fear of God".
The time of sermons such as "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" (John Edwards) is long past. The common theme now is "God loves you", there is no hell, everything goes as long as you are a nice guy, or girl.
While it is true that God loves us, we should always remember that we stand only by His grace.
Last evening, I watched "God Is not Dead". The main character, Josh, is a freshman who is challenged by his Philosophy teacher (an atheist) to defend the existence of God. He does so by presenting evidence in Creation. He wins over the audience, his classmates, who declare in the end that God is not dead. The evidence against God presented by the teacher was His lack of intervention to stop evil. Watching the movie, I was impressed by the young minds, eager to understand and embrace the Creator. The movie ends with a great performance by the Christian rock group Newsboys. I left the Movie Theater thinking about the Emergent Church movement and I realized that so many young people embrace the Emergent Church only to be deceived, and I wonder how many get to really know God. What we miss the most is a balanced understanding of God.
In my opinion, this is due to the lack of understanding of the holiness of God, His grace (the cross), our free will, and the work of Satan. We fail to explain that God created a perfect world and He is not responsible for Satan's actions, even if He allows them. It is always a breach in God's perfect Law that gives Satan a foothold in our lives. It can be through the actions of others such as Adam's sin, our parents', spouse's, siblings', friends', other people's actions, or our own actions.
Satan is a legalist and he takes every opportunity to attack God through us, or use us for his own purposes, i.e. hurting others in return.
Only having a balanced understanding of who God is and the way He operates the Universe can help us discern the root cause of the problem and solve it, by the grace of God and with His direct help. The proper balance is between His love toward us and His wrath toward sin. We should know that when we associate with sin, His wrath, always directed toward sin and not toward the sinner, does not touch us only because of the cross. We may suffer physically the consequences of involvement with sin.
Seeing God intervening in fighting our battles alongside us gives us a glimpse of His Might and His holiness and this should inspire in us a reverent fear.