Fear is defined as an unpleasant feeling of anxiety or apprehension caused by the presence or anticipation of danger. It is also referred to as an idea, thought or other entity that causes feelings of worry. Another illustration expresses it as a concern about something that threatens to bring a bad news or result. Positively, fear is identified as a respect, reverence or awe for somebody or something. Sometimes, using questions as a guide brings one to a point of deep thinking strong enough to make what one seek very clear. This also pushes one to make decisions that would assist in coming out with the best results. The following questions should be sincerely answered in the heart of each reader:
- How compliant is either the positive or the negative fear to the word of God? In other words, does the word of God, or does God tell or encourage us to have fear, positive or negative for someone or something?
- If He does or doesn’t, do we have it in our life?
- If we do, why do we have it, what encourages fear in our life?
- Have we tried to look inward to discover the root of having it?
- What are the effects of this possession?
- How do we handle fear of any form?
- Have we tried and it seems it is persisting?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge – Proverbs 1:7 This implies that rendering and ascribing respect to God precedes the ability to know. We begin to acquire when we give God His deserving honour. The word of God conclusively states in Ecclesiastes 12:13 –
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
This definitely is the positive fear of reverence for our Maker. Man MUST respect his creator. God, for who He is, is a great director. To show our respect for Him, we place His dictates as the supreme. Tailoring our lives after His instructions would not only be His own way of asking us to follow Him but utmost or extremely, to our upward movement and overwhelming peace in life.
We stand to gain more than we could ever imagine if our sincere heart of fear of reverence yearns truly for God.
On the other hand, we are encouraged not to fear situations. When Abraham was worried about his childlessness, God comforted him telling him not to fear but to rely on the fact that He (God) was with him. Genesis 15:1.
God is our shield and our exceedingly great reward. When we take Him for who He says He is and we have revelations of Him, we stand in freedom from fear and have room for productive faith.
When Moses was in fear of handling what God proposed to him, God gave him the same answer in the face of his fear – Exodus 3:10-12
Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. 11. And Moses said unto God, who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? 12. And He said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: when thou has brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God on this mountain.
At the name of Jesus, every knee must bow and every tongue must submit to His Lordship including all forms of fear. If you have Jesus the Son of God, why should you fear, why should you worry? This is a question for your qualitative reflection. In the absence of revelations, even the strongest of believers will fall without a warning. It is not human perception that handles issues of life; it is the revelation that supersedes even the most stubborn occurrences.
Should we fear man or other gods?
Every man should be respected but no man should become a dread or terror to another man.
God sternly charged the children of Israel not to fear any gods: 2Kings
17:35-39 – 35 With whom the Lord had made a covenant, and charged them saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them: 36 but the Lord, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, Him shall ye fear, and Him shall ye worship, and to Him shall you do sacrifice.
37 And the statutes and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which He wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods. 38 and the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.
39 but the Lord your God ye shall fear; and He shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.
It is all clear now, whose report would you believe, the one of your fear or your God?
Remember, He is more than able to deliver you from all your fears.
I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears Psalms 34: 4.
Questions for Reflection:
- Do I fear God enough not to fear any other thing?
- Has my fear of man overshadowed my fear of God?
For Further Study
Genesis 22:12, 1 John 4:18
I fear nothing or no one, only God!