The fear of God is a glorious doctrine that is often overlooked in Christian circles. It is my experience that when believers meet and begin talking about the struggles in their walk with Christ you rarely, if ever, hear one say in response to someone’s struggles, “Maybe you’re not fearing God like you should be. You ever thought of that?” Perhaps they should.
There are two places in the Bible that lead me to this, and they are both in the book of Proverbs.
“The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (1:7)
“Through the fear of The Lord men depart from sin.” (16:6)
It is in these two powerful statements where we come to see the consequences of fearing God. The wisdom of the Lord as well as the seriousness of sin. Sure, Christians need many things in their heads and hearts in order to live godly lives in this world, but are there two things more essential to the Christian than these two? It does seem to me that if these are in the soul of the Christian, everything else will fall into place.
It is not only wise to fear God, it is saving to the soul.