Do you want to live a good, full life? I think if we were all honest, we would give a resounding, “Yes!” to this question. Wouldn’t you? I can’t think of anyone I know who wouldn’t want to live a good life or a full life. Living a good and/or full life might mean different things to different people, but for the sake of this post let’s say that a good and full life is living a life surrounded by people you love, doing something you enjoy, being successful at what you do, having a husband or wife and some children, being financially stable, and living long enough to see your children grow up, succeed in life, and have a husband or wife and children of their own. Sounds pretty good and full doesn’t it?
Is this really all it takes to live a good, full life? Is that all there is? For real though, think about it. Is life just about having people around you that you love, working a job you enjoy and being good at it, while marrying and having children and living many years? Is that really it? I think that is good, but I don’t think this is the best or even the fullest we can live life.
Solomon writes in Proverbs 19:23:
“The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.”
I think this is the secret to living the fullest and greatest life imaginable: fear the Lord. I’ve written earlier about what this fear of the Lord really means–a reverential awe; understanding and respecting how awesome, loving, powerful, mighty, holy, and righteous God is. We will have the right view toward God when we begin to understand His mighty power, His unrelenting grace, His righteous judgment, His unimaginable imagination, His unconditional love, and His perfect plan. We can never know everything about God, but we will have the right view of Him when we begin to fear and understand how truly awesome and awe-inspiring He is. It is humbling and really puts things in proper perspective when we understand and can echo the Psalmist, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!… When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8).
Fear of the Lord brings a good life, a full life, and a life of abiding contentment in who God is and what His plan is. God, out of His unconditional love and unrelenting grace, sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you. Jesus Christ was tortured, crucified, killed, and buried for your sins. He rose from the dead three days later so that you could have a relationship with God. If you haven’t begun a relationship with God, you can start one right now. He is ready and waiting. Just talk to Him. You have nothing to be afraid of, because God loves you and wants to give you a full life (John 10:10) that brings satisfaction beyond what the world can bring or give.