There are many beautiful and penetrating things written about the fear of God in the Bible. We fear God because He punishes evil, even eternally (Luke 12:5). The fear of God is pure and lasts forever (Psalm 19:9). The fear of God leads to miracles and healings (Acts 2:43; 5:11-12). When we fear God, we have no fear of any other thing (Luke 12:4). By the fear of God we hate evil (Proverbs 8:13). Through the fear of God, we can worship the Lord (Revelation 15:4).
That all sounds nice and very spiritual. But how does fear of the Lord look in practical application? How do we know if we have it or not?
Ephesians 5:21 – “Submitting one to another in the fear of the Lord”
Fear of the Lord among us will result in our submitting one to another. If I fear the Lord, I do not want to be proud or rebellious. I want to listen to others’ discernment and correction for me. In order to do so, I must be submissive to others.
The same is true for them as well. They will also want to submit. Therefore, we would want to submit to one another. Our fear of God comes into fruition by mutual submission. That is one of the proofs that the fear of the Lord exists among us. If there is no mutual submission, there is likely no fear of the Lord either.
Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.
He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.
Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.