The Best Kind of Fear
We live in perilous, yet exciting times. We witness tragedy every day in the Middle East and other parts of the world. We read our Bibles and can witness God’s prophecy revealed in the very headlines we’re reading or watching.
While we might have a tendency to be afraid, I’d like to point us to another kind of fear—a positive fear that we need to talk about and stand upon every hour, and minute of every day—The fear of the Lord.
I know I’ve lost about half of you by saying this because you think I’m suggesting about some heavy-handed, legalistic, mean-spirited kind of fear. Please don’t quit reading because that is not what I’m writing about.
We need to totally re-think about this concept of fear of the Lord. We need to realize it’s fabulous. We need to realize that the fear of the Lord brings us everything we’d ever want in life. It brings incredible peace, and joy in every season, even one that’s filled with tragedy and, from the world’s perspective, hopelessness.
Fear of the Lord unlocks the absolute bounty of Almighty God. How? Let me quickly share some insights.
It’s a different type of fear. I’d encourage you to read Psalm 33:10. In this verse we can realize that fear of the Lord means that we have great reverence for Him and out of that radical reverence, we want to walk in His way, His Will and in His Promises. So, we’re not “afraid” of God, we are embracing Him in reverence and awe for who He is, what He has done and what He will do. It’s a totally different kind of fear.
It’s the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” When we fear the Lord it opens the door for wisdom in our minds and hearts. To fear the Lord is to put a reverential trust in Him that helps us to do things to please Him and avoid the things that displease Him.
The fear of the Lord is timeless. We can pick up our Bibles and see the fear of the Lord from Genesis to Revelation. It’s that important. God has spoken of the fear of the Lord all the way through His sacred, God-inspired writings.
It touches every area of our lives. The fear of the Lord is practical—in every season we face and in every place we are. The fear of the Lord touches nations, it touches businesses, it touches churches, it touches your workplace and it touches your family. The fear of the Lord touches how you worship and how you serve the body of Christ. The fear of the Lord is an all-encompassing truth that penetrates every area of our lives.
As we look at today’s news we can be scared or reverent. We can question God, or we can look to Him with awe, thanksgiving and the peace of mind that He is in control and if we fear Him, and follow His Word, His Will and His Ways, we’ll draw nearer to His perfect protection, plan, and peace.
If you are reading this post and are afraid, please look up, not out. Fix your eyes on the God of the Universe who loves you unconditionally. Replace angst with awe and reverence.
If you’re reading this post and you’re not scared—you don’t have fright but you have reverence and awe, stay there! Learn more of what it is—the fear of the Lord—because it’s going to unlock the bounty of God’s goodness in your life because He is so awesome.