God created man with a free will to choose death or life. Apostasy is the consequence of a deliberate and volitional choice to “depart” from the living God (Hebrews 3:12). The Bible issues urgent warnings about this grave possibility, designed both to alert us and to motivate us to persevere in faith and obedience.
The fear of and reverence for God are fundamental to the believer’s relationship with God. Fearing the Lord makes us concerned and alert that we do not offend or disappoint our holy God. Without this foundation, no true wisdom exists and no redemptive experience will stand the test of time and temptation (Job 28:28).