“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). The entire book of Proverbs (and even Ecclesiastes) builds on this verse. All of knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord.
One of the best words to describe the fear of the Lord is reverence. Reverence can be the only appropriate response when the almighty God reveals himself to us as holy. This should further lead us into submissiveness to his lordship over our lives. A submissive attitude toward God is an expression of the fear of the Lord in our lives. To fear God is to desire to live in harmony with God’s righteous standards and to honour him in all that we do. It is to be aware that we live constantly under the watchful eyes of God; in the presence of a holy, just, and almighty God and that he will hold us accountable for our motives, thoughts, words, and actions.
Oswald Chambers said, “The remarkable thing about fearing God is that, when you fear God, you fear nothing else; whereas, if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”
King Solomon undertook an extensive research as he says in Ecclesiastes 1:13, “I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens.” The expression “under the heaven” or “under the sun” appear 29 times in the book of Ecclesiastes. It is an outlook from a human perspective, without God in the picture. And as he looked at things from purely human perspective, he found everything to be meaningless. “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless,” said Solomon. He goes on to say that pleasures are meaningless, toil is meaningless, riches are meaningless, and even wisdom is meaningless. But in the end, he concluded saying, in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all humankind.” When he looked only from a human perspective, everything seemed meaningless. But when God came into the picture, there was meaning and purpose to life.
If our lives are to count, we must fulfil two obligations: (1) Fear God, and (2) Keep his commandments.
St. Stephen's celebrated its centenary on 26th December 1953 with much fanfare. Until then there had been no electric lights or fans. They were installed during this time.