Who Or What Do You Fear?
Who Or What Do You Fear?
So, what are you afraid of? Wars, natural disasters, sickness, poverty, crime, disagreements, opinions, godliness? Fear and even the lack of fear are strong motivators for our actions.
Sometimes we let fears cripple us from doing what is right and good, because we’re afraid of what others will think of us. In other words, the fear of people over rides our fear of our Lord. That isn’t sensible, but is often how we are — a bit cowardly.
Then again, when we should very well be afraid of doing something wrong, we lack the proper fear of God’s punishment and foolishly do what is wrong. What in the world is the matter with us?
It’s sin. We lack the faith and backbone to do what is right in God’s eyes. God’s word gives us direction in understanding the fears we have to deal with in this sinful world.
Psalm 36:1-3 describes what has happened inside the person who has no fear of the Lord. It says,
“Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes. For it flatters him in his own eyes concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; he has ceased to be wise and to do good.”
That person is in dire danger of never being saved. But, before pointing a finger at such wickedness, sick as it is, we need to examine our every thought, word, and deed.
The very fact that we all have a sinful nature condemns us in God’s eyes. That is why we all need to fear the Lord. He alone has the power to send us to hell or grant us the gift of eternal life in heaven.
When we do sin, we’ve got to admit it before God. When the Israelites sinned by demanding a king other than the LORD, they became very fearful over the judgment they deserved for such sin. But, Samuel instructed them in 1 Samuel 12:20,
“Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.”
Having sinned is not a good reason to stop following the LORD. But, it is exactly why we need to turn to the LORD with all our hearts and to begin serving the LORD in love, a fearful respect, and truth. God is always ready to forgive everyone who turns back to Him in repentance.
Since we are so wishy-washy and fearful of all the wrong things in life, we need to pray with David in Psalm 86:11,
“Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth. Unite my heart to fear Your name.”
If our heart becomes united to fear the Lord only, then all these other “things” that tend make us fearful will be taken care of by our Savior. We just need to serve God with a singleness of heart.
That is why Psalm 25:14 says,
“The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.”
It’s comforting to remember Psalm 111:10,
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”
It does make sense to fear our JUDGE above all things.
Solomon describes our situation from another perspective in Proverbs 1:7 stating,
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
When we’re afraid of what other people will think when we are faithful to God, Solomon says in Proverbs 29:25,
“The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.”
There’s just no getting around it. Moses put it in a nutshell in Deuteronomy 10:12-13,
“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?”
We fear God for our own good.
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.