In Proverbs 23:17 Solomon is speaking to his son and giving him advice. One of the things he said was "fear the Lord ALL day long and don't be envious of those that do evil. We've discussed how we should fear the Lord (respect, give reverence and remember HIS position in respect to YOUR position) in the morning when we awake, at noon in the middle of our day and at night when the day is behind us. As far as that is concerned when we're drifting off to sleep before we lose consciousness as it were...we should ask God to help us "fear" Him even while we're sleeping when we don't even know we ARE fearing Him! If there's one thing I think our families need...that our churches need and yes I dare say our nation needs it is an old fashioned return to the fear of the Lord. I don't mean the kind of fear that is afraid God is behind the next tree with a baseball bat waiting to bop you over the head. I mean a respect for God. A reverence for Him. An actual understanding that He's God and we're not! We really DO seem to have that mixed up. It seems like we think WE'RE in charge and GOD is working for US! No, no that is not and has never been true. Again Solomons said to his son and to us we should fear the Lord...ALL DAY LONG!!!
Another thing I'd like to mention in that regard are the days you HAVE feared God all day long and it seems like it's just not worth it. It seems like it's just not working out. I've heard people say "I've feared the Lord and I see others getting ahead while I am lagging behind. I see others get well and I'm still sick. I've feared the Lord and it seems like others are getting the desires of MY heart." It doesn't help much when the adversary pours gas on that fire either does it. I would remind you that weeping may endure for a night BUT joy comes in the morning! It's not over because YOU declare it over. It's not over because the adversary says it's over. It's not over till God says it's over and HE is still speaking, working, watching and making all things work for your good and His glory. I had a preacher friend share this story with me once. He said "Jeff I was an associate pastor at a Baptist church in Georgia once. There was a lady who attended the Church of God in our community. She started calling around looking for a ride to the Baptist church (ours) for the upcoming Sunday. Somebody asked her why and she said it was because her son was going to be saved there this Sunday. They asked ma'am did he tell you that? Have you heard something to let you know that he's "coming forward" this week? She said no...God told me! She got the ride and showed up at the Baptist church. At invitation time she watched as her son "walked the aisle." It was announced that he had indeed given his heart to the Lord. That Church of God lady started shouting for all she was worth at the back of that building and shouted herself all the way down the aisle heading for the front of the building. She shouted her hair down! Finally the pastor looked at me and said Bro. Bill would you see if you can help that lady and see if she'll calm down some. I went over and asked her if she would quiet down some and this lady who was in her mid eighties literally put both hands on my shoulders and lifted me up off the ground and said 'I've been praying for that boy to be saved for 35 years! I'll have you know I'll shout as loud and as long as I want to shout!' I just said go ahead lady...you just shout on!" Three months later she was in Heaven but God let her see the results of fearing HIM all day long even though it was a lot of days she spent fearing Him! Hang on...the answer is coming as sure as God is God. I was young and now I'm old but I've NEVER seen the righteous forsaken! The grass is NOT greener on the other side! This sickness is NOT unto death. He is the deliverer of your soul and that deliverance is on the way!! My part and your part is to fear the LORD....ALL DAY LONG!!!