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 all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off.Then they said to Moses, ‘You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.’ And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.’So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was” (Exodus 20:18-21).
Comment~Notice that fearing God—as in awareness of God’s presence—results in living a less sinful life.
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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