Fear is tricky.
Fear can be a very rational thing to feel. Then again it can be very irrational at times in the same breath.
Fear of Bears = Rational.
Fear of Beards = Irrational. (“Seriously...Beards are happy”, said the bearded devo writer)
Fear can keep us alive. Fear can kill us.
So how do we find balance….
“Am I afraid of the right things?”
“Are there things in my life that I should be afraid of that I’m not?”
If you think you’ve got a handle on this then you’re way ahead of me...cause striking balance in this vein is something that I’ve struggled with over the years, (see for example the extensive injury/surgery records of the devo writer).
When we talk about fear I think that we can all agree a number of different physical fears that we all have...but what about spiritual fear? Like the kind of fear that pertains to reverence, rather than quivering in our boots.
When the subject switches from “What”.... to “Whom” do we fear; this is a question of greatest significance.
Arguably one of the wisest men to ever walk this planet….King Solomon, said this after trying life God’s way and trying it his own:
“When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep his commands, because this is for all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.” - Ecclesiastes 12.13-14
The bible is clear throughout...there is a comfort and intimacy that God wants with us, yet there should always be a healthy fear on our part that reveres His holiness and His power.
There is a blessed balance of fearing God. We fear Him because of His power and holiness, but we also fear Him through our amazement and awe of all He has done and has promised to do in us.
To fear God is wise. But not in a way that causes us to run from Him…
...Appropriate fear of God should cause us to run to Him.
When we recognize that God is all powerful and Holy and requires holiness from those who desire relationship with Him….we must in the same moment realize that He knew we could not achieve that holiness on our own...so He sent Jesus to die in our place and exchange our sinfulness for His holiness.
“For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God.” - 1 Peter 3.18
When we fear God it means that we run to Him because we understand not only that He is the judge...but He declares us innocent of all charges when we are in Christ Jesus.
I guess when it comes to my Father in heaven, and the salvation He has given me in Jesus…..well….just call me a Scaredy-Cat saved by grace!
Love and Peace,