I saw this recently and began to ponder one amazing thing:
that being God-fearing drives out fear in this life.
That is amazing for me to think about! That fear of God drives out fear
of what we face in this life... that fear drives out fear, in a way.
That seems kind of abstract when you first hear or write it, but fear of
God- to be a God-fearing person- is so different from the fear we have
of things in the world.
Growing up and now, I have always loved the concept of being
God-fearing and what it meant to me and still does mean.
While fear is something that defines our lives in making
us scared and terrified of things we worry about, things that could go
wrong, things that make us ill at ease, fear of God is
different... it is about having reverence and respect for Him and
fearing hurting Him.
Being God-fearing makes a person feel the fear of upsetting God
by living in a way that disobeys His will and laws and morals He
has set for us.
Psalm 111:10 says that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
In this sense, fearing God leads to wisdom and knowledge
about Him and about the way He wants us to live as we serve and
love Him. The more we fear living a life that is not Godly, the
closer our relationship with Him will become and the more intense
our love for Him will become, and in turn, the greater our
wisdom in life will be as we seek Him.
And as we do so, as we purpose to truly
live according to His will and not our own, fear of other things-
worldly fears- become less and less, because we have the confidence that
if we are serving God to the best of our ability and living by His ways,
nothing can touch us because He is by our side.
That is not to say that if you are dealing with something
and trying to fight something in your life that you know does not
accord with what God wants for your life that He is not by your side.
He NEVER leaves you.
But when you find that place of beauty where you are confident
that you are living, to the best of your ability, a Godly life,
you have a peace and confidence in His direction for you
that truly casts our fear.
. . .
I hope your weekend has been wonderful!
Have a joyful Sunday♥