“The Fear of God” – what a statement, what a thought…is it terrifying to you?
What does it mean to truly fear God? For one it may be the fear that keeps them from meeting with Him because….
He is too holy to receive anyone into His presence.
Perhaps it is the one that has made a decision to be a Christ-follower, however never quite feels it’s ok to get-up-close and personal with God, because He is a fearsome God….and what might He ask of them, if they do?
I am discovering more and more that our notion of the ‘’fear’’ of God, may not be what it actually is – I know, that sounds a bit weird, however bare with me…
Psalm 51 is wonderful and here in verse 11 and 12, especially describes what I am trying to say:
“Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
This for me, is the true fear of God in the sense that, my fear is about not being near Him. At times, I have had that ‘’feeling’’ that God is not with me or near to me and I am terrified…truly in dread. Without His presence and protection I am a ‘’goner’’. A holy and reverent fear of God not being with me, is where I’m coming from.
People live in fear every single day…what will happen to me if…what if I lose my job…get sick…what about the kids…what if…what if…what if…then what…? It’s true, the ungodly live in constant dread and fear – they imagine the worst and yet those who trust in the Lord, rest in Peace.
Without God in my life, I would be completely found in fear…no peace, no rest, no satisfaction or fulfilment…this is especially true since I have already tasted and seen that the Lord is good…and therefore would completely know what I was missing, if I wasn’t walking with God anymore..
Jesus says many times ‘’Fear not” Just a couple of references included below, however there are many more…it was fun reading them!
“The LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “ I am the God of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham.”
“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.”
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “ Abba! Father!”
1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
God is Love and there is no fear in Love…therefore fear is not present in the Presence of God!
The Fear of the Lord is not that we would be afraid of God, in fact quite the reverse, that we would boldly come before the throne of Grace in order that we would be nearer to God. If the kind of fear was such that we could not be near Him, that would contradict the Word of God. Draw near…come close…enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise…be glad..rejoice in the Presence of God…Rest…Be made whole…Worship…Sing and be joyful – none of these things are engaged in, in an atmosphere of fear.
“Fear not,” Jesus says, many times, “for I am with you, even unto the end of the age.”
And also, “Perfect love casts out all fear”
Being near to God is our place…that is our residence and His with us – our place of habitation – He with us, us with Him. There is no separation, no division – for Christ rent all of that wide open, with His death on the Cross and His resurrection life in Power.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24 (NASB)
It is because we are loved, that we can fear not and live in peace and rest,
URLOVD immensely intimately – therefore fear not!
~ Shelley Weeks