“Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else. He will keep you safe .” Isaiah 8:13 (NLT).
There are many fears that rob us of our peace of mind: Fear of not measuring up. Fear of failure. Fear of the future. Fear of death.
“If you fear God you need fear nothing else,” the Bible says. These words were a great comfort to me during a very difficult time when fear threatened to overwhelm me.
What does it mean to fear God? I asked. I discovered two things:
1. The command to fear God is a call to worship Him in awe and reverence.
“When we consider Who God is and who we are, we have reason to fear Him. The fear attached to this understanding is simply: ‘Danger. High voltage.’ Big, big God little tiny me. This part of the fear of God involves a holy and humble acceptance of our little spot in the universe,” writes John Fischer. It encourages us to give God his rightful place in our lives.
God is too holy to excuse sinful living. Justice demands that sin be punished. That’s why Jesus came to die for our sins. He bridged the gulf between a holy God and sinful persons and now it is possible for us to have a personal relationship with holy God. How awesome is that!
2. The fear of God teaches us how to live our lives so God is honored and He can bless us. It keeps us out of trouble. “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:11-14).
If you are struggling with fear join me in saying out loud:
God is eternal and He orchestrates all of my life–past, present and future.
God is omnipresent therefore He is with me. I don’t have to face my challenges alone.
God is all powerful and nothing is too hard for him. Nobody can frustrate His plans.
God is love and He wants the absolute best for me–always. Therefore I can trust Him.
God is faithful and, because Christ lives in me, I have all the resources I need.
Father, I thank you that I have nothing to fear. You will keep me safe. Isaiah 8:13 (NLT).
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