Today’s message is regarding the connection between healing and fearing the Lord. The fear of the Lord is in reference to showing Him reverence, respect, honor and awe.
God tells us in His Word that fearing the Lord prevents sickness and promises healing. Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”
The fear of the Lord prolongs our life. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”
When we fear God, things will go well for us and we will see and enjoy many good days upon the earth.
The Hebrew word for “fear”, as it relates to fearing God, is the word yare’. It implies reverence and showing God the utmost respect and honor. It’s having awe for Him, holding Him in high esteem and obeying His commands. It is loving Him.
The Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words defines yare’ as:
Yare connotes standing in awe. This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God; the angel of the Lord told Abraham: “I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me” Genesis 22:12.
The verb can be used absolutely to refer to the heavenly and holy attributes of something or someone. So Jacob said of Bethel: “How [awesome] is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” Genesis 28:17. The people who were delivered from Egypt saw God’s great power, “feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses” Exodus 14:31.
There is more involved here than mere psychological fear. The people also showed proper “honor” (“reverence”) for God and “stood in awe” of Him and of His servant, as their song demonstrates in Exodus 15. After experiencing the thunder, lightning flashes, sound of the trumpet, and smoking mountain, they were “afraid” and drew back; but Moses told them not to be afraid, “for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not” Exodus 20:20. In this passage, the word represents fear or dread of the Lord. This sense is also found when God says, “fear not” Genesis 15:1.
In the Unger’s Bible Dictionary, the fear of the Lord is defined as:
“This kind of fear has its spring in love, and prompts to care not to offend God and to endeavor in all things to please Him. It has virtues of godly character. It is produced by the Holy Spirit, and great blessing is pronounced upon those who possess this Christian trait. This kind of fear dreads God’s displeasure, desires His favor, reveres His Holiness, willingly submits to His will, is grateful for His benefits, sincerely worships Him, and conscientiously obeys His commandments.”
Fearing the Lord does not mean that you have to be frightened by God’s Presence (with the thinking that God is mean and harsh, ready to strike you if you make a mistake). The Lord is very tender, gracious and kind. He is more loving and gentle than a mother who has compassion for her nursing child.
There is an element of feeling the terror of God in the Hebrew definition of the word “yare”. If He appeared to any of us in person and revealed His Holiness to a greater degree than our earthly minds can comprehend, we may fall down in terror and trembling at His mighty Presence. However, terror of God’s Presence is usually referring to those who rise up against God, those who are His enemies and do evil and do not have a repentant heart even after a long period of grace. The judgment of God is a terrifying thing. However, the judgment of God is a last resort after a person has been given every opportunity to repent.
I wanted to clarify the meaning of the “fear of the Lord”, because many people have a wrong view of Father God. Many see God as being an angry dictator, ready to punish them for the least little thing. This kind of thinking creates a distance between them and God, as well as a lack of complete trust in God. They live under a dark cloud of guilt and condemnation (except that the condemnation is both self-inflicted and devil-influenced). Or in other words, they believe the deception of the enemy who tries to make them believe that God is cruel.
A distorted view of the Father could occur because of an upbringing in a legalistic religious atmosphere, or if they were fatherless or their father (and/or other male authority figures) were abusive. God is not like man. Often times, His reputation gets marred when people try to compare Him to their earthly relationships. God is a loving Father, and He wants the best for us.
Jesus, who is God, walked in the fear of the Lord toward His Father (reverencing Him, obeying what the Father said, showing Him honor and respect, in awe of God, loving Him, and wanting to please His Father in every way).
Isaiah 11:1-3 is a Messianic prophecy that speaks of Jesus saying, ”And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him (Jesus), the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD.”
Jesus is our example of how to fear Father God.
HEALING PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD
God promises in His Word healing and health to those who fear Him.
Malachi 4:2 states: “But to you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (“wings” being defined as the hem of the garment, edge of the cloak).”
Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”
Proverbs 14:27 tells us that the fear of the LORD is a fountain of life.
Prolonged years is promised to those who fear the Lord. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongs days.” xref Deuteronomy 6:2.
Proverbs 9:10-11 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
Proverbs 19:23 declares that the fear of the LORD tendeth to life. And he that hath it shall abide satisfied. He shall not be visited with evil.
100 BENEFITS TO FEARING THE LORD
Benefit #1 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Job 28:28; Proverbs 2; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 15:33)
Benefit #2 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7)
Benefit #3 of fearing the Lord: Deliverance from your enemies (Exodus 23:27, 2 Kings 17:39)
Benefit #4 of fearing the Lord: Dwelling in safety and not oppressing anyone (Leviticus 25:17-18)
Benefit #5 of fearing the Lord: The land will yield its increase and you will eat its fill (Lev 25:17-19)
Benefit #6 of fearing the Lord: Live upon the earth and teach your children and grandchildren (Deuteronomy 4:9-10)
Benefit #7 of fearing the Lord: That it might be well with you and your children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29)
Benefit #8 of fearing the Lord: Preservation of life (Deuteronomy 6:24)
Benefit #9 of fearing the Lord: Declared righteous (Deuteronomy 6:25)
Benefit #10 of fearing the Lord: Enter into your promised land (Deuteronomy 8:6-10)
Benefit #11 of fearing the Lord: God will do great and awesome things for you (Deuteronomy 10:20-21)
Benefit #12 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from thinking they are better than others (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)
Benefit #13 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from turning aside from God’s laws (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)
Benefit #14 of fearing the Lord: Prevention of sicknesses and plagues (Deuteronomy 28:58-61)
Benefit #15 of fearing the Lord: Healing of diseases and sicknesses (Malachi 4:2)
Benefit #16 of fearing the Lord: Living in Divine Health (Proverbs 3:7-8)
Benefit #17 of fearing the Lord: Your offspring learn to fear the Lord (Deuteronomy 31:12-13)
Benefit #18 of fearing the Lord: God will hear the cry of the afflicted (Psalms 22:23-24)
Benefit #19 of fearing the Lord: God will hear your cry, and save you, and preserve you (Psalms 145:19-20).
Benefit #20 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him (Psalms 145:19)
Benefit #21 of fearing the Lord: Eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him (Psalms 33:18)
Benefit #22 of fearing the Lord: “The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear Him” (Psalms 25:14, ASV).
Benefit #23 of fearing the Lord: God makes His covenant known to them who fear Him (Psalms 25:14b)
Benefit #24 of fearing the Lord: God will release your feet from the snare (Psalms 25:14-15)
Benefit #25 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will instruct us in the way chosen for us (Psalms 25:12)
Benefit #26 of fearing the Lord: God’s great goodness is laid up for those who fear Him (Psalms 31:19)
Benefit #27 of fearing the Lord: God will hide you in the shelter of His Presence from the plots (KJV says “conspiracies”) of man (Psalms 31:19-20a)
Benefit #28 of fearing the Lord: God will keep you safe in His pavilion from accusing tongues (Psalms 31:19-20)
Benefit #29 of fearing the Lord: Secret of the Lord revealed (Psalms 25:14, KJV). God confides in those who fear Him (Psalms 25:14, NIV).
Benefit #30 of fearing the Lord: He will deliver you from death (Psalms 33:18)
Benefit #31 of fearing the Lord: He will keep you alive in famine (Psalms 33:18). Miraculous supply!
Benefit #32 of fearing the Lord: The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them (Psalms 34:7)
Benefit #33 of fearing the Lord: You will lack nothing (Psalms 34:9-10)
Benefit #34 of fearing the Lord: You will see many good days (Psalms 34:11-14). Life will go much better for you.
Benefit #35 of fearing the Lord: God will raise a banner for you (Psalms 60:4)
Benefit #36 of fearing the Lord: Salvation is near to them that fear Him (Psalms 85:9; Acts 13:26)
Benefit #37 of fearing the Lord: Your soul is delivered from the lowest hell (Psalms 86:11-13)
Benefit #38 of fearing the Lord: God will regard the prayer of the destitute (Psalms 102:15-17)
Benefit #39 of fearing the Lord: Longevity of life; years added; days multiplied (Deuteronomy 6:2; Proverbs 9:10-11, 10:27)
Benefit #40 of fearing the Lord: Abundant mercy (Psalms 103:11)
Benefit #41 of fearing the Lord: God forever separates our sins from us (Psalms 103:11-12)
Benefit #42 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s great compassion is on those who fear Him (Psalms 103:13-14)
Benefit #43 of fearing the Lord: Lovingkindness and mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him (Psalms 103:17)
Benefit #44 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s righteousness is unto your children and grandchildren (Psalms 103:17-18)
Benefit #45 of fearing the Lord: Generational mercy (Luke 1:50)
Benefit #46 of fearing the Lord: Your descendants shall be mighty upon the earth (Psalms 112:1-2)
Benefit #47 of fearing the Lord: You shall increase more and more, you and your children (Psalms 115:13-14)
Benefit #48 of fearing the Lord: Qualified and God-appointed to be a leader (Exodus 18:21-22, 2 Samuel 23:3-4)
Benefit #49 of fearing the Lord: God gives food and provision to those who fear Him (Psalms 111:5)
Benefit #50 of fearing the Lord: Wealth and riches (Psalms 112:1-3).
Benefit #51 of fearing the Lord: Riches and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4)
Benefit #52 of fearing the Lord: You shall dwell in prosperity and your seed shall inherit the earth (Psalms 25:12-13)
Benefit #53 of fearing the Lord: To the upright, light arises in darkness (Psalms 112:1-4)
Benefit #54 of fearing the Lord: God is your help and shield (Psalms 115:11)
Benefit #55 of fearing the Lord: Blessing for both small and great (Psalms 115:13)
Benefit #56 of fearing the Lord: A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Proverbs 31:30)
Benefit #57 of fearing the Lord: Hate evil, pride, arrogance and perverse mouth (Proverbs 8:13)
Benefit #58 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will answer you in distress, and set you in a large place (Psalms 118:4-5)
Benefit #59 of fearing the Lord: The Lord establishes His Word to His servant (Psalms 119:38)
Benefit #60 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him (Psalms 145:19)
Benefit #61 of fearing the Lord: The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him (Psalms 147:11)
Benefit #62 of fearing the Lord: Be secure, without fear of evil (Proverbs 1:29-33)
Benefit #63 of fearing the Lord: The upright shall dwell in the land (Proverbs 2:21)
Benefit #64 of fearing the Lord: Strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26)
Benefit #65 of fearing the Lord: That you would sin not (Exodus 20:20)
Benefit #66 of fearing the Lord: You will not be visited with evil (Proverbs 19:23)
Benefit #67 of fearing the Lord: When you walk through darkness and can’t see your way, your trust is in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10)
Benefit #68 of fearing the Lord: Your children shall have a place of refuge (Proverbs 14:26)
Benefit #69 of fearing the Lord: There is hope for you, and your expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:17-18)
Benefit #70 of fearing the Lord: Things will be well with them who fear the Lord (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13)
Benefit #71 of fearing the Lord: When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God shall raise up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19)
Benefit #72 of fearing the Lord: For the good of you and your children (Jeremiah 32:39-41)
Benefit #73 of fearing the Lord: Multiplication (Acts 9:31)
Benefit #74 of fearing the Lord: Perfecting holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1)
Benefit #75 of fearing the Lord: Submission to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21)
Benefit #76 of fearing the Lord: Noted as a man or woman of faith (Hebrews 11:7)
Benefit #77 of fearing the Lord: Offering to God pleasing service and acceptable worship (Hebrews 12:28)
Benefit #78 of fearing the Lord: Depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6)
Benefit #79 of fearing the Lord: Entering into God’s rest (Hebrews 4:1)
Benefit #80 of fearing the Lord: Judgment avoided (1 Peter 1:17)
Benefit #81 of fearing the Lord: Great reward (Proverbs 13:13; Revelation 11:18)
Benefit #82 of fearing the Lord: As a witness to the unbeliever (1 Peter 3:2)
Benefit #83 of fearing the Lord: When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you (Psalms 128:1-2)
Benefit #84 of fearing the Lord: Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, your children like olive plants around your table (Psalms 128:1-4)
Benefit #85 of fearing the Lord: You shall see your children’s children (Psalms 128:6)
Benefit #86 of fearing the Lord: One who fears the Lord will avoid all extremes (Ecclesiastes 7:18, NIV)
Benefit #87 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is clean (pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, holy, morally innocent, sound), enduring forever (Psalms 19:9)
Benefit #88 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life (Proverbs 14:27)
Benefit #89 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is to depart from the snares of death (Proverbs 14:27)
Benefit #90 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord tends to life (Proverbs 19:23)
Benefit #91 of fearing the Lord: He that fears the Lord shall abide satisfied (Proverbs 19:23)
Benefit #92 of fearing the Lord: God will teach you how to choose the best (Psalms 25:12, Living Bible)
Benefit #93 of fearing the Lord: Following Jesus’ example—He feared the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-4)
Benefit #94 of fearing the Lord: Happy is the man who fears God (Proverbs 28:14)
Benefit #95 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility (Proverbs 15:33)
Benefit #96 of fearing the Lord: Identity in His Name (Deuteronomy 6:13)
Benefit #97 of fearing the Lord: Visitation from God (Acts 10:22)
Benefit #98 of fearing the Lord: Habitation from God because he/she has set his/her love on Me (Psalms 91)
Benefit #99 of fearing God: The Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings—wings defined as hem of a garment (Malachi 4:2)
Benefit #100 of fearing the Lord: Health to your flesh, and strength to your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8)