Our most recent study was produced by Precepts Ministries, Kay Arthur; and our selected text was the Book of Jonah. A key element of the study was on fearing God - something Jonah claimed but didn't demonstrate. Had he considered these ten questions put to us at the study, his storyline would have read very different from the collection we have today.
1. Do you fear God enough to obey Him when you don't want to?
2. Is your fear of God weak enough to think you can disobey & get away with it?
3. Is your fear of God weak enough to allow you to sleep through calamity?
4. Is your faith so weak that others would question how you could profess to know God & live the way you do?
5. Is your faith in God so weak the world puts you to shame because their fear of/respect for God is greater?
6. Do you fear God enough to pray in the midst of your distress, or is it your last resort?
7. Do you fear God enough to know there is no calamity apart from God?
8. Do you fear God enough to understand & appropriate His grace?
9. Do you fear God enough to curb your empty vanities & its appetites so you're not lured by the world and its vanities?
10. Do you fear God enough to realize that salvation is from the Lord?
If ever there's a Book of Kathleen added to the Canon (I know, that's impossible), I would hope the collection would be unlike Jonah's - - or this world's, for that matter.
Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him
that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives.
The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him,
submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe.