“Moses said to the people, “Fear not, for G-d has come in order to exalt you, and in order that His awe shall be upon your faces, so that you shall not sin.” – Exodus 20:16
“The fear of the L-RD is pure, abiding forever.” – Psalms 19:10
An impressive away of supernal fireworks, in the form of fire, smoke, and lightning appeared on the top of Mt. Sinai; yet, not for entertainment; rather, to instill awe in the hearts of the children of Israel, for the sake of their upright walk with the L-RD. Thus, Moshe conveyed to the people that they should not be in fear, in a negative sense of the word; instead, a godly fear that would compel them not to go astray, as long as they would continue to keep the phenomenal experience at Sinai, after leaving the encampment.
This was the intent, in terms of understanding how to direct one’s fear, towards refraining from sin. For, our G-d is a consuming fire; let us not make haste in turning towards the ways of the world; the betterment of the soul, to bring about an eternal fruition, may only be furthered by focusing on G-d, to the exclusion of whatever might lead us astray. The revelation at Sinai, expressly described in the narrative, carries weight over the centuries, impressing itself upon our conscious minds as well. Let this serve as a reminder, to refrain from all ungodly activities.
Although our conscience may lead us closer towards right conduct day by day, if we make an effort to listen to the still small voice; when necessary, we may be reminded not to get thrown off track from our godly pursuits, by a healthy fear of G-d, in the sense of awe, reverence, and respect towards Him. Staying in alignment with G-d’s intentions for us, as individuals, as well as part of a community, will cause us to be more attuned to His guidance. For, “the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Prov. 4:18).