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Does Our Fear of God Go Before Us?

Deut 2:25 “Beginning today I will make people throughout the earth terrified because of you. When they hear reports about you, they will tremble with dread and fear.'

It was very common in the ancient days of Israel for God to go before His people preparing their way. He put the fear and dread into the culture about the people of Israel in order to control the people in the land from rising up against them. It occurred to me that God could do the same for us today by placing the fear of the Church into the hearts of the culture. The fear that was invoked in the heart of the culture back in Israel’s history was about how God fought on behalf of Israel, which demonstrated how God worked on their behalf. I think we would all agree that the fear of God is not even thought about in culture today, and is often missing in the Church. We have heard for decades that God is love, He is kind, and He is compassionate. While this is true, our over-emphasis has diminished the fear of God. As a young child I remembered how gracious my parents were to me, there was never a time that I was neglected. Yet, I knew that there was a healthy fear of my dad who would not hesitate to discipline me when I was out of line. Do we have a healthy fear of the God we serve? Have we failed in our execution of delivering His message to remind people of what Jesus said about God?

Matthew 10:28  "Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

This is the healthy fear of God. He will ultimately give us the correct read out on our lives and will give us the right diagnosis on how to live our lives. Religious people often think that because they are religious they have a better opportunity to please God. The problem with this thinking is God never told us to become religious by practicing a routine where we feel better about ourselves by doing good things. God is looking for people who know Him by obeying Him and loving Him by our evident worship to Him. People who spend time being religious are in a trap to think He is pleased by our efforts to be righteous. Righteousness is not of ourselves; it is a gift of God through Jesus Christ. Our righteousness, as the Bible describes it, is as filthy rags.

My point is simple: if we know Him we will have a healthy fear of God and we will follow His commands to live in accordance to do His will. Jesus reminded us that our theology shouldn’t be the only thing that people know about us; they have to see how our theology is lived out in everyday life.

Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Perhaps if our witness for Christ was lived out in bold proclamation in deeds and action, maybe our society would live more in fearing the God we serve. If they never see the Almighty working through His people, then I suppose they wouldn't have much to fear. 

Just a thought!

Keeping it honest and truthful…. K


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