The Power of Fear

Genesis 31:52-53 “This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm. The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.”

Fear originates out of many places and things. As man has documented these fears or phobias, there are new ones added every day as man cowers in the face of what he does not know, understand or have power over.

Our adversary, the devil, knows this and capitalizes on it in grand fashion.

I was reminded of the good and right fear with which our life began. We were in awe of the wisdom, power and care that our parents showed. For most, we grew up in a healthy environment where we feared disobeying our parents.

As we matured, that fear gave way to respect. We tested the lines drawn for us. Lines of good behavior and respect. Lines that kept the balance of power. It was understood who was in charge, who made the decisions and who gave the direction for the family.

We felt if we failed, we would disappoint them somehow. This is the fear talked about in the passage I read today. Jacob had such expectations placed upon him. Not only by his mother, Rebekah; but his father Isaac.

You see, Jacob stole his brother’s birthright and blessing. He deceived his father to get it. It was something that after it was done, could not be undone. Jacob realized what it wass he had inherited. It was something far bigger and far greater than what he saw his world to be.

In the grand scheme of things, we who are the children of God; must see our life and our world in a much bigger sense.

One day, I will stand before Almighty God. All that the Word of God describes will not have fully prepared me for that moment. My faith is what will increase my vision to include the proper fear of Jehovah God; the Creator; the Author and Finisher of my faith.

I will witness the judgment of those who failed to place their faith in Jesus Christ in this life.

Revelation 20:11-15 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

People whom I have met and known in this life will be there. Neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members. That person next to my on my flights. That opportunity to share my faith with someone in need. So many are the time we are given to share the gospel and when it is all over, I will be standing before my Heavenly Father to give an account of what I have done with what I’ve been given.

I have been given much.

Luke 12:48 “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

The whole of my sin debt has been paid – in full. I will never have to face the punishment and penalty of my sin. That was fully paid for by my Savior; the Lord Jesus Christ. Thankfulness and gratitude rise up in my heart for that which has been done for me.

We must use the power that fear brings to that moment when our faith becomes sight. When the Word of God states:

2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

The proper use of fear should be to motivate us to prepare for that moment when we see our Savior face to face. What will I have to give? What will I have to say? A popular song shares a few thoughts on this:

Surrounded by You glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I must fear now. I must act on that fear and prepare for that moment. I only have one life to give. There is no do-over, no mulligans, no hitting the reset button. I cannot know the day when I will finally step into His presence, but I CAN act today with the proper fear of what that meeting can be like if I start preparing now!

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