A policeman serving in the kitchen at a community event doesn't bring us the same kind of fear. He still wears the uniform, his badge and his gun as an authority figure and he could arrest someone at anytime; but we don't fear a cop washing dishes!
Fear can be the result of many things; our sense of guilt, a good sense of wisdom in dangerous situations, a memory of previous bad experiences. Some fears become uncontrollable and develop into phobias that can cause emotional instability. Fear is a boundary marker and a mindset. Fear can be the beginning of understanding a more excellent way of Life.
DAY 13 WORD
what doth the Lord thy God require of thee,
but to fear the Lord thy God,
to walk in all his ways, and to love him,
and to serve the Lord thy God
with all thy heart
and with all thy soul,”
When I think of how much love God has lavished on us, it blows me away. It's like standing on top of a mountain after you've climbed a long trail to get there. The sight is unbelievable! In sunny skies, grey skies, stormy skies and even in a blizzard when you can't see any skies; the sight in your mind is His presence in your heart.
The Bible is full of verses about fear being the beginning of understanding. Here are only a few of them:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding
I used to have a fear of going to hell before I understood that perfect Love casts out fear.
God Is Love
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18
Fear of God is an awe inspiring mindset. He makes it simple to avoid hell. Just Love God and keep His commandments. Love other people the way God Loves you. It's not like the fear of a Cop who might give you a ticket. The appearance of a Police car behind you causes a volcano of fearful thoughts to erupt in your mind. God isn't a cop. He's the Judge who already forgave you for any crimes you've committed because He sent His one and only Son to pay the price for your crimes. Believe in Christ and your fear becomes the beginning of understanding God's unfathomable Love.
Focus on God in the face of fear. Focus on Love in the face of hate. Focus on knowing that God's Love will never leave you. Focus on knowing how much God Loves you and values you. You are worthy of God's love. God is love and God loves you.