FEAR: Terrified or Reverent

FEAR: A big word filled with overwhelming emotion. A word that draws from the depths of your soul a response that results in an emotion of great terror or a great reverence and awe of Almighty God.

In one scenario, fear can guide your actions or render you totally helpless and the other will bring you to your knees with great humility.

Reverent:

The Bible speaks of “the fear of the Lord”. This fear includes reverence and humility in your position compared to the God who created the heavens and the earth and everything within it.

When we come to the reality of “Who God Is”, we will begin to recognize the power, might and strength God possesses in comparison to fragile human beings. We are weak and small in comparison to the God who simply spoke the world into existence. We have no such power. With this realization, comes humility in knowing Almighty God controls all things and we do not.

Deuteronomy 10: 12 “What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul

Psalm 33: 8“Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him.”

Psalm 33: 18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,”

Psalm 111: 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise.”

Proverbs 1: 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 22: 4 “Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.”

Terrified:

The fear we most often experience is the one emotion we can control. Yes, there are fears told by your conscience that keep you from dangerous situation such as crossing the street after looking both ways for fear of being hit by a car. These are the good fears that keep us from harm and I suppose you might call them your “common-sense” fears.

Then there are those overwhelming, terrifying fears that seem to weld up in us at times when we least expect them. Fear of an approaching storm, fear for the safety of your child, fear that you are not or never will be loved or worthy of love, fear that the male in your life will not love you unless you do “that thing he requires” or the consuming fear that leads to deep depression and on and on.

Can you really control your fears? The is that deep depression that is caused by physical conditions and is not the depression I am speaking of here.  But yes for the most part we can control or depression by taking the focus off of yourself and place it on the Lord.

King David who ran most of his life from King Saul (who wanted him dead), gives us hope in trusting the Lord instead of yourself.

Psalm 23: 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 27: 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27: 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”

Isaiah 41: 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Rest in knowing the Lord is your rock and your shield. You have nothing to fear. God who created the universe and knows all things that happen to you, knows your heart, knows your past, present and future and gives you protection. Rest in His power to remove the fearful things in your life. Do not fear for He has a purpose for everything that touches your life.

 

Sandra Hardage