What does it mean to fear? As a society, I believe we think of fear in a negative way. When we fear, we shrink back from some thing or person or situation like they have some kind of power over us. Our fear drives us to be unreasonable and do things we would not otherwise do because we do not see the thing or person or situation as they really are: powerless. The only fear that you and I should have is Fear of the Lord God. To have that reverential awe for the God of all creation and, more specifically, of us. To keep the feeling of respect and wonder for the only one with the true power over every thing and person and situation. Let's take a moment away from the happenings of this world and give thankful praise and worship to God, who is the only all-powerful one we should fear and worship in this fallen world we are briefly in.
|One way - through the cross. Picture from MudPreacher.|
13 Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
12 Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. 13 He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. 14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
Psalms 118: 6
1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. 4 Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Isaiah 8: 11-13
11 The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said: 12 "Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. 13 The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread,
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 11 "All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. 12 Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. 13 For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
2 Timothy 1:7
7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
1 Peter 1:17
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
1 Peter 2:17