Men Have Forgotten God

David Bast

READ : Genesis 20

By the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil. (Prov. 16:6)

We’ve been thinking about what the fear of the Lord is. Now let’s consider what it does: what it does for us, in us, and to us.

The first thing it does is make us wise, as the Bible repeatedly says. It puts us in right relationship with the Creator and therefore in tune with the universe.

A second thing it does is protect everyone from the worst evils that fallen humans are capable of. When Abimelech remonstrated with Abraham for lying about his relationship with Sarah, Abraham replied, “I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife” (v. 11). The fear of God (and of the laws he gives) is what makes human society possible. It is the thing that restrains individuals – or governments – from lying, stealing, or killing; the only thing standing between us and the law of the jungle.

In his acceptance speech for the Templeton Prize, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quoted words he had heard spoken by old people in Russia more than 50 years before: “Men have forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.” The great writer then added, “If I were asked today . . . the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat, `Men have forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.’”

Makes you wonder what might happen today, doesn’t it?


Lord God, have mercy on our land.