DayBreaks for 4/08/19 – Fear Him

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DayBreaks for 4/08/19: Fear Him

DayBreaks for 4/08/19: Fear Him

From the DayBreaks archive, April 2009:

Fear.  I don’t know anyone who likes feeling fear.  But the Bible has a lot to say about fear.  More often than not, it encourages us to not be afraid.  God knows what fearful creatures we are.  But the Bible doesn’t say that all fear is bad.  In fact, some fear is very beneficial.  What keeps a sane person from jumping out of a plane with no parachute?  What keeps you from sticking your hand into the flames that are on the stove burner?  Fear…fear of the pain or outcome of those actions. 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” Proverbs 1:7 says.  It should be obvious to us why this is so, but just in case we missed it somewhere along the line, let us remind ourselves of his words:

All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. – 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 (NIV)

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28 (NIV)

 

I recently was pondering the fear of the Lord as I was preparing a message on the wrath of God as part of a series of messages on aspects of God’s nature.  As I prepared for the message that Sunday, I ran across a “paraphrase” of the passage from Matthew 10 that is quoted above that I thought put this whole aspect of the fear of the Lord into proper perspective.  Here’s what it had to say, “Fear Him, Who when you’re dead, isn’t finished with you yet.”

That is a sobering thought.  It should cause anyone to pause and consider – even believers.  All the people in this world who may have been a pain in the neck, who may have caused you endless trouble, will not bother you after death – but God will still be there, and He will be waiting for you and for me.  When we die, God is far from finished with us.  We would do well to keep that thought in mind as we wind our way through this world. 

Prayer: We resist authority and having to answer to anyone, even You, Lord.  Shake us out of our sleepy lethargy to realize that it is wise to fear You and that You are the Ultimate One with Whom we have to deal!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

 

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