- Sheldon Clowdus
Ironic that the one thing that can lead us to complete joy, peace, and contentment is also the one thing that can prevent those very same things from ever taking root in our lives.
The Bible says that it can be the beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10). It also indicates that it is the opposite of faith (Matthew 8:26).
When we learn to fear God, the Bible says that we have begun our journey towards true wisdom. Many people today will tell you that what the Bible is talking about is reverence and respect when it tells us to fear God. There is no doubt that we should revere and respect our God. I think though that there should be real, honest fear when we contemplate our God as well. Hebrews 10:31 says "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." When we contemplate what our fate should be, and would be if not for the infinite love of our Savior, we should tremble in fear. We should tremble in fear when we think of eternity for those who don't yet know Him.
When we learn to fear God, we learn to love Him better, more.
When we learn to fear God, our evangelism becomes a more urgent matter.
Unfortunately, fear of worldly things is most often what gets in the way of fear of God. We begin to doubt that God will actually, really do the things He promised us. We, like Eve, listen as the serpents whispers in our ear, "Hath God really said?"
God promises to provide for us if we seek Him first (Matthew 6:33).
But the economy is really shaky and what if I lose my job and what if.......fear.
God promises to give us the desires of our hearts if we delight in Him(Psalms 37:4).
But He is taking so long and this place I am in now hurts and..........fear.
God promises that in Him we can do all things and apart from Him nothing (John 15:5)
But I can do this and God wants me to be proactive and....fear.
We have to choose.
a life lived in complete abandonment to our fearful, loving God. A life lived according to His commands. A live rich with His fruits for our lives.
a life lived in fear that the world's troubles are somehow too big for God. A life lived in our own strength apart from Christ.
So what is your choice?
Fear of God
or just plain fear?