Fear. There is something about that four-letter word. It is loaded. It strikes fear into our hearts. It makes us uncomfortable. It has a few “cousins.” Like anxiety. Worry. Distress. Uneasiness. Discomfort. Discomfiture. Disquiet. And it comes in different varieties.
There is the fear that comes when you encounter a terrifying situation, like sighting a monster even though you don’t know what one looks like. Or a snake slithering across your living room. Or the fear of the unknown. Or the fear of the future. Or when things are working out so well you begin to fear that the good times may not last. Or the fear of those you think may harm you. Or the fear of your boss. Or the fear of the loan shack. The list is very long. Too long. And there is the fear that clearly comes from the devil, a gift from the accuser of the brethren.
But thank God there is Godly fear, which will be our focus this week.
Godly fear gives us the confidence to set aside the fear of men and other varieties of fear and do the bidding of God, knowing that God has your back. Instances of Godly fear in the scripture include:
1. The fear exemplified by Noah in preparing the ark: By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house (Heb 11:7).
2. The same Godly fear was demonstrated by midwives of Egypt in refusing the take the life of Hebrew children: But the midwives feared God did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them but saved the children alive (Ex 1:17).
3. In 1 Kings 18 Obadiah in his devotion to God sheltered 100 prophets against the evil Jezebel, because he feared the Lord more than the wrath of Jezebel.
Jesus said in Matthew 12: 4-7: I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Can you just take a couple of minutes out to praise God for giving us the option of the fear of God? Call him by some of his names this week. He is the Seed of the Woman; Our Passover Lamb; Our high priest; Pillar of cloud by day and Pillar of fire by night; Captain of our salvation; Law giver; Redeemer; Trusted prophet; Reigning king; Rebuilder of the broken walls; Good Shepherd; Prince of peace; Righteous friend; Burden bearer; Mighty to save; Sun of righteousness; Rock of our salvation; Head of the church; Stability; Benefactor; Perfection; Purity; Foundation of our faith.
As you praise him this week, he will raise you up unto greater and better things, and away from fear.
Have a great week.