Recently in a message I preached I mentioned that, according to the Bible, a healthy dose of “the fear of God” has tremendous practical consequences. After the service a man who reads our blogs asked me to enumerate some of the practical consequences of the fear of God on a future post. So I decided to do it a series of statements that begin with the words “If you fear God you…” and then attach Bible verses that support these statements.

According to the Bible, if you fear God you:

  1. Walk in His ways, love and serve Him with all of your heart – Deuteronomy 10:12;
  2. Hate evil, pride, arrogance and the perverted mouth – Proverbs 8:13; Exodus 20:20;
  3. Are a truly humble person because of your relationship with God – Proverbs 8:13; 15:33;
  4. Are being honored by the Lord – Proverbs 15:33; Psalm 15:4;
  5. Obey His commandments – Ecclesiastes 12:13; Psalm 128:1;
  6. Are being blessed by the Lord – Psalm 128:1; 4;
  7. Receive wisdom from the Lord – Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 15:33; Psalm 11:10;
  8. Are in a frame of mind to receive God’s instructions through Scripture in the choices you should make – Psalm 25:12;
  9. Experience God’s goodness – Psalm 31:19;
  10. Are a special object of God’s protection – Psalm 31:20;
  11. Are truly gracious and generous in a godly way – Psalm 112:4, 15;
  12. Are a confident, courageous person because of your relationship with God – Psalm 112:6 – 8; Proverbs 14:26; Job 4:6; Psalm 112:7
  13. Trust God and are not afraid when evil tidings come because of your relationship with God – Psalm 112:7;
  14. Are a person who keeps your word, who makes promises and keeps them even if it is to your own disadvantage because of your relationship with God – Psalm 15:4;
  15. Experience true godly contentment because of your relationship with God – Psalm 112:5, 6, 8, 9; Psalm 34:9;
  16. Are a godly husband and father (that is, if you are a married man with children) – Psalm 128:1, 4;
  17. Are a godly wife and mother (that is, if you are a married woman with children) – Proverbs 31:30;
  18. Receive the benefit of peaceful sleep because of your relationship with God – Proverbs 19:23;
  19. Are free from an envious spirit because of your relationship with God – Proverbs 23:17;
  20. Have a solid hope for the future because of your relationship with God – Proverbs 23:17, 18;
  21. Respect God ordained authorities because of your relationship with God – Proverbs 24:21;
  22. Avoid intimate associations with people who are disrespectful to God ordained authorities; to people who “are given to change” – Proverbs 24:21, 22;
  23. Are a place of refuge for other family members because of your relationship with God – Proverbs 14:26;
  24. Are a source of blessing to other family members because of your relationship with God – Psalm 128:1 – 4; 112:2;
  25. Are characterized by integrity and faithfulness because of your relationship with God – Job 2:3; 4:6;
  26. Are truly considerate and kind to other people – Psalm 112:4, 5;
  27. Persevere in doing what is right because of your relationship with God – Psalm 112:3, 5; 2 Corinthians 7:1;
  28. Practice constructive speech in their dealings with people because of your relationship with God – Malachi 3:16; Proverbs 31:30, 26;
  29. Work hard, but are not so committed to work that you will not have time for enjoyment because of your relationship with God – Psalm 128:3
  30. Accept responsibility for your own family and yet are not overly responsible – Psalm 128:3;
  31. Take responsibility for parenting, but not smother and inhibit their children’s personal development – Psalm 128:3;
  32. Delight in worshipping God – Revelation 14:7;
  33. Are free from the fear of man because of your relationship with God – Matthew 10:28; Deuteronomy 1:17; Isaiah 41:10;
  34. Exercise whatever authority you have in a righteous, God honoring manner without being domineering or authoritarian – 2 Samuel 23:3; Nehemiah 5:15
  35. Are willing to submit to the Lord and make sacrifices for Him – 2 Kings 17:36;
  36. Are a person who praises God – Psalm 22:23, 25; 40:3
  37. Know God in an intimate way – Psalm 25:14;
  38. Stand in awe of God – Psalm 33:8;
  39. Think much about God’s lovingkindness – Psalm 33:18;
  40. Want to encourage others to know God and fear and love and trust Him – Psalm 40:3;
  41. Receive a godly inheritance of s[iritual graces and blessings from the Lord – Psalm 61:5;
  42. Want to tell others of the great things has done for you – Psalm 66:16;
  43. Desire to be with those who fear God – Psalm 119:63;
  44. Do not want to offend God and you will not take His judgments lightly – Psalm 119:120;
  45. Have your desires fulfilled; your prayers answered – Psalm 145:19;
  46. Recognize your own intellectual limitations and be humble about what you know – Proverbs 3:7
  47. Recognize that being right with God is more valuable than all of the riches the world may provide – Proverbs 15:16;
  48. Are zealous in your efforts to try to persuade people to come to Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:11;
  49. Want to confess your sin and be cleansed of anything in your life that may be displeasing to God; if you are serious about pursuing holiness –  2 Corinthians 7:1, 11;
  50. Are willing to submit yourself and gladly be in subjection to other believers – Ephesians 5:21;
  51. Honor other people and have a deep love for other Christians – I Peter 2:17;
  52. Want to glorify God – Revelation 14:7; 15:4;
  53. Believe God and His Word – Exodus 14:31;
  54. Desire with all your heart to magnify the Name of Jesus Christ – Acts 19:17; Philippians 1:20;
  55. Receive and respond to the message of salvation in Jesus Christ – Acts 13:16, 2;
  56. Love to hear and share the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ – Acts 13:16 – 43.

Well, after much Bible study and consideration, that’s my list of the practical consequences that a healthy, vibrant, robust fear of God will produce in our lives. And keeping these truths in mind, it’s easy to see why the writer of Ecclesiastes stated that the conclusion of the whole matter and the whole duty of man in terms of his relationship with God can be summed up in the words “Fear God” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Nothing, absolutely nothing, could be more important or necessary or beneficial than developing and sustaining this robust fear of God in our lives. (For more about the nature and development of the fear of God we encourage you to read chapters 12 – 14 of our book The Fear Factor and The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges.)