Good Fear

Proverbs 19:23The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.”

While growing up in a large, old house, our basement was a scary place;, especially at night. The only light was a chain hanging in the middle of the room. You had to look to the stairs, turn off the light and make your way to the light at the top of the stairs.

As I ran up the stairs to our basement, I felt hands were groping to pull me back into the darkness. Looking back, I thought I had seen eyes piercing my soul. Evil lurked in that basement, and I did not want to experience what it held for me.

Fear of evil.

Fear of the unknown.

Just two of the many things of which we become fearful. God is love, and His love can conquer anything.

1 John 4:17-18Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 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.”

But having a good fear; fear of God is respecting the power He wields, the possession of my soul, and the price that He paid for it. Having the right kind of fear is good. To fear God is to respect Him, who He is, and what He is to me.

It is the very beginning of our walk with Him.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?”

There are many blessings to those who fear God.

Psalm 31:19Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!”

It is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

Proverbs 1:7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Jesus taught on having proper fear.

Matthew 10:28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

To fear God, and to have that fear in its proper place allows us to be accepted of God.

Acts 10:35But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”

Our enemy so desires to use fear as a tool of bondage. Much of the movie industry has made millions of dollars putting their audiences in fear with suspense, horror, and the macabre. The only weapon against it is to fear the One who has All-power over it.

We fear failure. We fear what others think of us. We fear that is those closest to us knew the “real” person underneath our facade, they wouldn’t like us, or worse reject us. There are thousands of named and perceived fears. We suffer from fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of your hair falling out, and fear of old age.

We can name it; classify it, and justify its existence in our being. But God so desires us to know what good and right fear truly is. If we fear Him, the rest will take care of itself.

Fearing God puts us in a situation of submission to His power over us; which to some is scary in itself. We want control. It is hard for us to relinquish it.

Every relationship we enter into has some form of submission to it. With it, comes the fear that it will not turn out right. The fear that their love will fade, or get lost somewhere along the way is genuine. But, we cannot apply that same axiom to God. His love is constant; unwavering, and eternal.

Place your fear in the right place and see if God can bless that fear with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. He promised.

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