This week we’re going to talk about a different aspect of fear than the one that we’re talking about for the most part this month: the fear of God. Yes, there’s still some aspect of scared-fear here, but the majority of this aspect of fear is about healthy respect, the dictionary even calls it “reverential awe.” Let’s back up a bit and first talk about the connection between the fear we typically talk about and the fear of God.
Should we be scared of God? Yes, if we’re doing things that are not in line with His commandments we should be aware of the consequences of our actions. There are certainly a bunch of situations in the Bible that have shown the power of God and are good reasons to be scared of what He can do (The Red Sea, the walls of Jericho, Job, Jonah and the big fish etc.).
But if we spend all our time being scared of God we’ll never be able to develop the relationship with Him that He desires and wants with us, and we should want with Him. Fearing God allows Him to retain His deity and yet not be so removed from us like some ancient gods and goddesses were that we didn’t have access to them or that they didn’t care about what goes on in our lives. Because God definitely does. Having a healthy respect for God means that we can appreciate His power and what He can do without it being too intimidating to be close to Him.
Are you in awe of God? Do you respect Him and what He does or have you forgotten the power that He has? Maybe it’s just that you’ve been so busy keeping up with the fears that drive your life that you’ve forgotten that you’ve got the best source of courage accessible anytime you need Him. I encourage you to work on redeveloping your healthy fear of God this week.
“The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.” Psalm 25:14