1 Samuel 12:24

But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

So why in the world do people do this to themselves?  I say that like I’ve never liked scary things, movies or haunted houses.  But the older I’ve gotten the more I acknowledge that the world is scary enough on it’s own, why would I pay to feel fear?  Over my 50+ years of life there has been many times that I have felt fearful.   Many different levels of fear for many different reasons but fear is fear.   So again…….Why would I go out actually looking for it?   What is it giving back to me except maybe some stomach ulcers?  But I understand that my fear of the Lord is to my benefit.

“”So how does fear of God, who is perfect love, take away fear? William D. Eisenhower puts it this way in his article ‘Fearing God” in Christianity Today:

“Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God’s function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world…. When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world’s threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world’s equal …. As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal the truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion.””

So as it says, “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you”.

Lord as scary as this world can be, the thought of living this life without You is even scarier.  I thank You for helping me understand my weaknesses which helps me understand Your greatness.  I have always found truth and freedom through the fear.  I thank You!  Lord I pray for my family and friends.  I pray they will release their worldly fears for the fear of being without You.  I pray they will allow You to rescue them. Amen!

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