The fear of the Lord!

Fear and terror are not the same things! Fear and fear are not always the same things either. There is the fear of inanimate objects. The fear of the loss of one’s income. The fear of losing the emotional attachment one has to a human being. The fear of being embarrassed because our behavior was unconsciously inappropriate in a situation.

Psychology today defines fear as

Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger — if we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons is the best way to move past them.

This is the kind of fear that cripples a person and prevents them from enjoying the joy that The Lord has prepared for them! But God has an answer for this kind of fear too. He tells His people Israel

“But you, Israel, are my servant. You’re Jacob, my first choice, descendants of my good friend Abraham. I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.” (Isaiah 41:10 MSG). [Unless otherwise stated all Scripture is from The Message Version of the Bible found on www.biblegateway.com ]

I can hear someone declaring right now that they are not Jewish. Awe but when we became a Child of God we were adopted

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8 KJV

So, we don’t have to fear our emotions, physical threats to our lives, work challenges etc., because God’s promises to Israel are ours.

Then there is the second kind of fear that is written about in Scripture. It brings us joy, peace, the ability to grow closer to God and love people better. It is what we call a “Holy Fear.” It is the most powerful force in a Christian’s life.

  1. Come, children, listen closely; I’ll give you a lesson in God worship. Psalm 34:11[ David appears to be calling His children to teach them a listen about how to “worship” God.] Within the context of this Psalm David sought to relieve the mindset of the Children of Israel. He wanted them to see the peace that comes from “fearing the Lord-fearing the Lord is the equivalent of righteously worshipping Him.”
  2. in verses 12-21 David details how to demonstrate a life that “fears’ the Lord.
  3. Proverbs 14:26 announces” The Fear-of-God builds up confidence and makes a world safe for your children. “
  4. Solomons continues in 19:23 by expounding “Fear-of-God is life itself, a full life, and serene—no nasty surprises.”

The “Holy Fear” of The Lord produces a life that is rich with all the good thoughts and possibilities that God has planned for His children. As Solomon looks at his life he states “A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.” Proverbs 15:16 

 

A life lived with a healthy fear of The Lord is a life fulfilled. Not a life without challenges. Challenges stretch and grow us. So, if you fear The Lord and are having life challenges He is preparing you for the rest of the hike up to the top of the mountain. You can make it. Look up in fear not down in dread. He loves you and will see you through any and everything. When you are feeling all alone and think that you cannot go on a single step reach out to someone who will talk with you. Look up and into The Father’s face and experience the radiance of His love for you. You are not the only one and you are never alone!

 

 

 

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