(Proverbs 15:33 KJV) The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
One of the spiritual sound bites that I keep hearing is that love of more powerful than _______. The blank can be filled in with hate or the sword. I am not sure that we can use it with “fear” (3374). Fear is a great teacher. On a low level it can keep you from slamming the door because your mother will yell at you. At the other extreme it will help you keep your head down in a fox hole. Fear can stimulate your memory and motivate your lethargy. It only works in the right forms and amounts.
Fear of the Lord does not cripple the willing heart. Fear of the Lord motivates because it is based on an awareness of the awesomeness of God as well as the fact that God is love.
So? Fear and grow. Fear and learn. Fear and rejoice.