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Healthy Fear

Peter Jenkins

Oct 4th 2021

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There are times in life when we are afraid. Sometimes it’s a silly fear but at other times, it’s a legitimate fear – for example, what keeps you from walking down a dark alley or street by yourself in a crime-prone neighbourhood? 

However, there is a fear we all need to cultivate: the fear of God.

Asaph writes in Psalm 76:7: ‘But you [God], you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused?’ The psalmist goes on to say that the created order fears God – the ‘earth feared and was still’ (v. 8)! And Jesus told us this in Luke 12:5 that we should fear the one who has the power to throw us into hell: ‘Yes, I tell you, fear him!’

People need to know, of course, that God loves them. But we also need a healthy fear of God so we don’t approach Him with arrogance. 

The author of Hebrews 12:28-29 writes, ‘Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.’ Our fear of Him is not a crippling fear, making us run away, but it is a fear causing us to remember who He is. So it is right to approach Him in ‘reverence and awe’. 

We need to enjoy the paradox: recognising who He is, the awesome and mighty Creator of all, and yet the One who loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place so we can be restored to loving relationship with Him. Let’s remember with gratitude all He has done for us.

Pause and reflect: Worship God! Play your favourite worship song, or sing out loud to the Lord!

Written By

Peter Jenkins

Peter serves as chaplain to The Voice Asia, a multimedia ministry targeting non-Christian Asians. He is also chaplain of the International Motors Group and missions pastor at Victory Church. He is passionate about being a channel of God’s blessing wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter @PastorDelBoy

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