Last night in Bible Study, we walked through Psalm 34 and talked about whether or not a Christian should fear. One of the common responses was there are different kinds of fear. There’s both a healthy fear and an unhealthy fear.
Reverent Fear-is a healthy fear and is what is being referred to when the Bible refers to the fear of the Lord.
This is a fear that we should all have, but not all do.
Jeremiah 5:22 (NIV) tells us:
“Should you not fear me?” declares the Lord. “Should you not tremble in my presence”?
What’s being described here is a healthy fear; unfortunately, some people fear the Lord in an unhealthy way.
They think of God as a Zeus like character with a lightning bolt in hand just waiting to throw it their way! Reverent fear is not that God is up in heaven waiting for us to mess up so he can squash us like some bug.
We worship an all-powerful, always present, all-knowing God, and that is something that is beyond our imagination.
God is so awesome that merely being in His presence is something that we can’t even comprehend, and being aware of this brings about a reverent fear!
There are times even during worship service, you may feel his presence so strong that you can’t stand, the tears begin to stream down your face, and you become completely overwhelmed by the awareness of His presence.
An awareness of who God is brings about this reverent fear, and it’s something that is missing in the lives of many believers today.
We have become so cavalier with our attitude towards God!
Even within the church, many people not only no longer have a reverent fear of God, but they don’t even have simple respect for Him anymore.
Many Christians have lost the awareness of God’s presence.
We must never forget that He is always present.
If we would walk in an awareness of Him being present in our daily lives, I believe we could live a life free from unhealthy fear.
What are your thoughts?