God does not want His children living in fear.“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:2-3).However, God does want His children to have a proper respect and reverence for Him.We are told in many places in Scripture to “fear God.”
This Week’s Passage~“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’
“So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’
“And he said, ‘Here I am.’
“Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God” (Exodus 3:1-6).
Comment~Moses gained a sense of the majesty of God before God used him to deliver His people.
Fearing God Results in Salvation~“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).“A wise person fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16).This does not mean the Christian is to live a fearful life—but a life which reverences God and seeks to do His will.
Fearing God Results in Fearlessness~“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).The answer is: only God.With the gift of salvation comes responsibility.
Fearing God Results in Witnessing~“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul” (Psalm 66:16).
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