Proverbs 16:6 “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”
For many, fear evokes a cringing, terror-filled emotion that causes us to either flee, freeze or fight. Many are prone to think fear is that emotion that overwhelms you while watching a horror film or the climactic point of a suspenseful storyline at the expectation of lurking evil.
Fear of the Lord, as the Word of God presents to us, is a holy awe and reverential respect of the Divine nature, power and position of God holds in our life. A healthy fear of God springs from seeing Him as Creator – not only of the universe, but, the author and Creator of the very life I hold dear.
Fear is powerful. It can turn a man into a quivering pile of jello, or a thumb-sucking child. War drains a human being of emotion, courage, peace, rationale, morals and leaves behind a shell that holds nightmarish, ghoulish and frightening images that haunt a person for the rest of their life.
Fear of God cements the filial relationship I have with my God and aids my will to be complicit to His; knowing He has my best interest in mind. Fear of God allows me to trust His promises because I have experienced answered prayer, promises kept and a presence that only the Word of God can accurately describe.
Psalms 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Mark 4:39-40 “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”
Some would say that the opposite of fear is faith. Others would say:
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
Fear has torment.
Fear has bondage.
Fear has darkness.
Fear is a liar.
Fear feeds on our willingness to follow where it leads. It blinds us from seeing another way out. It narrows our vision and straps us in for the ride. Fear is a great tool of our enemy. Because we are ignorant of his devices, we fall prey to his wiles; his lies, his traps and his snares that he lays in our path.
Psalms 119:105 “NUN Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
The lamp of the Word of God shines on all that is within close proximity to help me not to stumble. The projected path of light shines on the way God designed for my feet to travel. We often fear because we don’t know where to go.
Being geographically lost can be a fearful thing. When totally unprepared to face the elements; that fear of our lost condition can cause us to make decisions void of logic. But being spiritually lost is a condition I am born with. I did not know how truly lost I was until the Word of God showed me.
That is when real fear came upon me – if what I heard is true, then, I will die in my sins and go to a Christless Hell for all eternity. That very fear drove me to the cross. Realizing that I had neglected once the offer of free salvation years prior; being given the second chance sealed my heart to decide for Jesus Christ as my Savior.
Knows fears and phobias have been documented and the list grows every day. Psychologists and psychiatrists treat more people each day for fear. Fear of growing up. Fear of starting a new job. Fear of returning to my addiction. Fear of retribution for hurting someone. Fear of getting caught. Fear of others finding out who I am on the inside.
Knowing I am fully, wholly and totally loved, accepted and protected by Almighty God brings a peace and an assurance that no pill, no counseling session, nor worldly methodology can give.
Having the proper fear of God causes me to fall to my knees in humble submission to the Rock that is higher than I; to the Author and Finisher of my faith. That reverential awe of my God swells deep the more I know about Him.
There will always be attempts on my soul to undermine that peace that only God can bring. Fear is but one of the weapons in Satan’s arsenal. God has the answer.
“Perfect love casteth out fear…”
Get as close as you can to the One who is Perfect Love and find that ungodly fear has no place where God is.