Nov 9, 2022
Fear of God is the beginning of the way and a shield of the spiritual life protecting from stumbling or deviating.
If we fear God we will feel His presence, as Joseph the Righteous said, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen 39: 9).
Whoever fears God will be afraid of His justice, for He has set the principle:
“The wages of sin is death” (Rom 6: 23),
and will be afraid of God omniscience, for He says, “I know your works” (Rev 3: 1, 15),
and will be afraid of God warnings and punishments. All this will prevent a person from sinning and make him comply with the commandments.
God's fear will be a fortress protecting him from falling