The Fear of God
“I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, and have forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and you fear continually all the day because of the wrath of the oppressor, when he sets himself to destroy? And where is the wrath of the oppressor? Isaiah 51:12-13 (ESV) Isaiah 51:12-13…
People fear that they will not achieve success, that their needs and wants will be unmet. Some respond with worry, while others take up a lifestyle of greed or give up trying. But success in God’s economy comes through fidelity to Christ. As we experience God’s salvation and pledge ourselves to be used by God, we find true victory and success.
The fear of death, fear of failure, and the fear of others all affect how we live our lives, but the fear of the Lord overcomes all three. The fear of the Lord is a reverence and awe that comes from knowing God in an ever-increasing way and behaving in accordance with that knowledge. People in the Bible feared God when they witnessed His power in nature and as they experienced His wrath in the protection an purification of His people. When God demonstrates His holiness, we see our own unholiness. God’s message to mankind in sending His Son to die on our behalf is that the wrath of God must be satisfied. Look to God in reverence and trust in Christ to forgive you sins.
Without hope in Christ, the fear and denial of death are very real. 1 Corinthians 15 tells us that the Gospel frees us from the fear of death. When the disciples and over 500 others saw the resurrection of Jesus, they believed that He was the Messiah. When we believe the truth of the Gospel, we experience salvation. We also can agree with the writer, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 (ESV)