The Bible is filled with “fear not” commandments. It’s clear that fear holds us back from knowing and pursuing God’s purposes and living a life of confidence and victory. And fear is also essentially a lack of faith. It’s a failure of belief.
But there is a kind of fear that is not only holy and blessed by God, but healthy for our souls – the fear of God.
Please understand. God doesn’t want you to avoid him out of fear. He doesn’t want you to have a picture of him as one who is mean and threatening. Jesus revealed God fully in his life on earth, and he was the most winsome and gracious man who’d ever walked the earth.
Rather, to fear God simply means to hold him in reverence and to be awestruck by his power and authority.
The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
~ Proverbs 19:23 NIV
It’s important to note that the ancient book of Proverbs is not intended to be interpreted like historical books or epistles. Rather, Proverbs gives us principles of wisdom for our Christian walk. And this principle is quite liberating…
Fear God and you will find life, rest easy, never worry again.
Look at it this way. If the Almighty Creator and Judge of all the universe has seen your worst sins and has decided, on the basis of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, to forgive you and release you from his punishment, then what else on earth could possibly be more threatening? You’ve already overcome, entirely by grace, the greatest obstacle to living eternally – your own sin and God’s judgment toward it.
When you are awestruck by his power, his grace, and his goodness, there’s absolutely nothing on earth that can threaten you. Every scary what if starts to fade in size and scope when God is fully enthroned in your heart.
The question is, is God fully enthroned in your heart today? Have you paused to simply deepen your own reverence and respect for him yet today?