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Healthy Fear

Healthy Fear
    Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the LORD hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. Exodus 9:20 (NIV)
    Theres a trendy slogan that actually became the name of a clothing company in the mid 90s called No Fear. It was so popular that many variations of stickers and shirts with this message were made and gobbled up by the in-crowd, and a new tough theme swept the country. What a bold statement, No Fear. I think that one would have to be foolish at the least, if he said that he had no fear, and ignorant at best, if they actually didnt.
    In the Book of Exodus we see Moses who had been called to deliver Gods people from the bondage of Egypt. Pharaoh had been given the command to let them leave, and he was warned several times that a plague would be brought upon the land and the people if he didnt humble his heart and listen to God. He continually ignored God and so the seventh plague would be one that would send larger hail from the sky than was ever seen before and it would destroy anything that was not under cover whether it be man or animal. But Pharaoh refused to listen and obey God and as a result, he lost all of his remaining animals.
    Whats ironic is that some of the Egyptians including a few of his officials started to believe in God and adhered to the warning and spared their animals. They had a proper respect for Gods command and the ensuing wrath for those who did not head the warnings. They had the fear of the Lord, a proper respect, and they were rewarded for their belief and their actions that followed.
    It is not Gods intention to have us trembling with the notion that we will be destroyed depending on His mood. In fact, it is the opposite as He continues to tell us throughout the scriptures that He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans for our future (Jeremiah 29:11). But there is a fear that we should have as Christians; a fear that shows respect for who He is.
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. Psalms 111:10 (NIV)
    The revelation of the Lords character and His loyalty to His covenant with us as believers, call for a response of wisdom in which Gods people will fear him, submitting to his rule and following his teaching. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The wise have good understanding. Another response for us is continuous praise to God.
    With the Lord as the object, the word Fear captures both aspects of shrinking back in fear and that of drawing close in awe. It is not a trembling dread that paralyzes our action, but neither is it a polite reverence. The fear of the LORD ultimately expresses respectful submission to the Lords will and so it characterizes a true worshiper. We can see that when we have a proper fear of the Lord we will hate what is evil and stay away from it and we will be blessed including living a long life as a result.
    To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Proverbs 8:13 (NIV)
    The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. Proverbs 10:27 (NIV)
    I want to encourage you today to keep that healthy fear, that respect for the Lord, for who He is and for what He has done. And for what He will be doing for both those who accept and believe and for those who deny and turn away.
    STUDY QUESTION: What are a couple of examples of what it means to fear the Lord?
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see where you have a fear of the Lord, and yet you have a peace in your heart because of it?
    APPLICATION: know that fear is just a form of respect and awe as we draw close to our maker and our savior, He will draw near to us and live within the temple we call our body. And that is a peaceful feeling.
    Father, I thank You for Your word and for what You are doing in my life. I respect You and I sit in awe as I contemplate all that You have already done, and what You are continuing to do for me. In Jesus name, Amen&
    Be Blessed, Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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