The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We are often admonished to “fear God,” and to work out our salvation with “fear and trembling.” How do we obtain the commanded virtue of the fear of God?
One great key is to look at Israel. They lost sight of Moses, so they created their own image of god (the golden calf). Suddenly Moses appeared in wrath, threw the Ten Commandments at their feet, and cried, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” The people decided whether they wanted to serve sin or God. Those who refused to stand with Moses came under the sword. That undoubtedly produced the fear of the Lord.
We live in an age where many have lost sight of Moses. The moral Law has been removed from the marketplace, from schools, and even from many churches. As a result, America has made her own image of god. Our commission is to cry to the world, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” We are to proclaim the gospel of peace. Those who refuse to make peace with God through the blood of the cross will be cut down by the wrath of the Law. That should put the fear of God into any of us.