God can be many things for us. He can be our father, our friend, our healer, restorer, comforter and refuge. However, if we fail to begin with a good and healthy fear of God we fail to see all the other things He wants to be for us from the right perspective. Unless we fear God we cannot truly understand what it mean for Him to want to be our friend. Unless we truly understand that God is someone whom we should fear we will never fully understand the wonderful significance of the grace and mercy that He lavishes upon us. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom… everything else starts from this position.