We don’t like the idea of fear. We love to proclaim the words, “Fer not, for the Lord is with you.” And we teach that being fearful is a sign of disbelief. And in saying that I would agree that as Christians, there is nothing in this world that should cause us to fear. However in saying that we have failed to understand the full message. We have neglected to warn the people to fear God.
The cure for fear is fear.
If I fear the Creator of the Universe, who can cast my soul into hell, then there is nothing that anyone can do to me to cause me to fear.
But that is not the God we believe in is it? He would not cast me into Hell. After all, He is my fluffy, luvy, huggy, God. He’s my Heavenly ‘Daddy’.
No! He is God and He is Holy!
God is not my ‘Daddy’, whom I can prance around like a spoiled brat. He is my Heavenly Father. What makes Him Father is that through Christ He has given me life. Being born again of the Holy Spirit, requires a Father, for where there is no Father, there is no birth. But that does not make Him Daddy. That relationship and His incredible love do not allow me to brush aside His Holy nature. God does not relate to us on our terms, but we draw near to Him on His terms, which is Holiness.
And yes I am familiar with the term ‘Abba’. It is how Father is said in Semitic languages of which Hebrew is one. In Hebrew, the name Abraham means ‘Father of Many’. In Romans 8:15, where God is called both Abba and Father, it is simply being stated in two different languages. And yes, Romans 8:15, tells us that we did not receive a spirit of bondage into fear. However, that bondage is to the evil one and causes us to be fearful of many things.
Even Jesus called us to fear God the Father. He said, And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matt 10:28
Throughout the Bible in both the Old and the New Testament, we are instructed to fear God and that such fear is good.
In Proverbs, we read, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge …” 1:7 In Exodus, we discover that the midwives disobeyed Pharaoh’s order to kill male babies at birth because they feared God. The Prophet Samuel called on the people to fear the Lord, when they choose Saul as their King, 1 Samuel 12:14. Yet a short time later, Saul confesses his sin to Samuel and says, “I have sinned… because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.”
Moving into the New Testament we have already heard the words of Jesus, who warned us not to fear people but to fear God. Matt 10:28. In Acts, we learned that the Church walked in fear of God and was comforted by the Holy Spirit. Acts 9:31. In 2 Corinthians 7:1, we are instructed to perfect our holiness through fear of God. In Philippians 2:12, we are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Peter calls on Christians to honor others, love our fellow Christians and to fear God. 1 Peter 2:7
The fear of God is throughout the Bible and it is the remedy to falling easily into sin. Fear is the consequence of being under someone’s power. If it God to whom we submit for fear of failing Him and fear of forgetting Him, then sin has little attraction to us. If my heart is consumed with both the Love of God and the fear of turning away from Him and incurring His displeasure. Then I will not be easy to entice into sin.
Our God is gracious, slow to anger and quick to forgive, make it your greatest desire, to love Him, honor Him and fear Him. For He is faithful.