Not only are we supposed to fear God, fearing God is actually helpful! Here are a few reasons why:
1) A healthy fear of God eliminates all other fears.
If you fear God rightly, you won’t fear what man can do to you. You won’t fear your reputation before man, as who you are before God will trump all. The fear of God eliminates the fear of death. When we see God for who he is, understand that He means what He says, we will live our life in accord with Him, and will fully understand that we have been set free from the bondage of the fear of death. People who teach that you don’t have to fear God are usually very worried people.
2) The fear of God makes us wise.
Solomon tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Those who say there is no God are fools. Those who say there is a God and FEAR HIM become wise. If you don’t fear God, you probably have an elevated view of yourself. Pride keeps people very dumb. You cannot have the fear of God and pride at the same time. You can’t. Not possible.
3) The fear of God leads to spiritual growth.
Paul tells us to “perfect holiness in the fear of God.” If you don’t fear God you won’t bother to do what He says. If you don’t do what He says, you won’t have fruit. If you don’t have fruit then you aren’t growing. Most of those who maintain that believers don’t have to fear God also tell believers they don’t have to do anything. They go together, like the Chicago Cubs and losing.
4) The fear of God leads to unity among God’s people.
Everyone clamors for peace and unity, yet no one can seem to create it. The reason why is because we tend to base unity on human ideals. The Bible tells us the fear of God will unify people. The fear of God destroys your inflated view of yourself. We are, according to Paul again, “to submit to one another in the fear of God.” If you have no fear of God, you won’t submit to anyone. You’ll be concerned about you and your needs. People who teach that believers don’t need to fear God are not submissive people, in my experience. Rather they tend to flaunt their liberty and trample on people’s feet.
The fact that “you don’t have to fear God” has become standard Christian doctrine has led to many of the problems the church has with itself.
The fear of God puts everything into perspective. Without this perspective shift, you will remain dumb, unfruitful, immature, dis-unified, and anxious about everything. In other words: a modern American Christian.
The fear of God solves many problems. Try it sometime. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will lift you up.