12 “Do not call conspiracy
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread. ~ Isaiah 8:12-14 (NIV)
The archaic meaning of dread
is “regarded with awe; greatly revered”
“Fear of the Lord” and dread of the Lord
mean having a deep respect,
reverence and awe
for God’s power and authority.
Fear of God and dread of God
does not lead to being afraid of God.
A proper “fear of the Lord” leads us to love Him.
Let us develop and nourish
a proper fear of God, a faithful love of Him!