Fear; Wonderful and Glorious
How often we have heard these words that may still ring in our mind; “Where is your fear of God?” It can ring condemnation in the ears of a person who doesn’t follow the dictates of the Lord and who may shutter at His name. As children growing up most parents would utter these words when we showed disobedience towards the family rules.
There can be definitions that plant misunderstandings in the minds of some who live via unpleasantness and may never experience the positive side of life. Seek a sense of awe with submission to a deity that will promise the positive face of fearlessness.
“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! (Psalm 139” 13- 14).
Fearfully and wonderfully you created me O God. Just who am I and what is my purpose in life? God created the earth and made us stewards of all that can be seen. What about the universe of which we are a prominent component, staring in awe and searching for the answer not yet known. None of these are proponents of fear, but the gifts of seeking your will in our lives.
The fear of God is to be lived in the glorious existence of peace which is Christ, sharing what God gives us as a shared inheritance as heirs with Christ. The fear of God is the most precious entity we can receive. It becomes a gift that is a net of love which catches us when we fall crying out for solace.
A praise to our Creator God who loved us before time and continues into eternity. Fearfully made; fearfully adored; fearfully forgiven; fearfully an attendant to our creation!
Fear, is never an active negative assertion, but a positive acclamation of love.
Fear, can not to be seen as trepidation, rather an opening to goodness that awaits us.
Fear, stands as a rampart protecting us from an onslaught of condemnation.
Fear, has become an adoration of him who created us, each one wonderfully made.
With God there can not be fear that looms over those who do not believe. That kind of fear creates doubt in the creator, establishes suspicion instead of trust, and promotes reasons to seek anything that is contrary to peace and tranquility. If we see fear as a virtue then virtue is not a substance to work for. It will poison the very depth of grace and the countenance of God.
Each time you hear the expression “where is your fear of God”, respond with “you mean love of God”
I am in awe of God, not fear!
Ralph B. Hathaway, The Awe of God’s countenance!