Manly…Fear? by Caleb H.
June 30, 2008, 5:13 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Caleb Hancock

What does scripture mean by “the fear of the Lord” or “fear of God”? Does it look like the frightened man up top there?

I think it can.

How often do you consider the attributes of God? How about the ones that you DO NOT share in measure with Him? He is eternal as seen in Genesis 1:1. He is completely sovereign as revealed in Daniel 4:35:

“all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?”

Is this then not the one you should fear? As Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 10:28, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

If we are to be men, if we are to be wise (Psalm 111:10), we WILL fear the Lord, recognizing his authority over every area of our lives. We should let this knowledge then dictate every aspect of our motivations, our words, our actions. Men are not those without fear, but those who fear what is worthy of true trepidation.

HOWEVER, as Christians, we are not to cower in condemnation or be dismayed. Rather, recognizing that this God who had the sovereign right to crush me for my sins, chose to place His precious, only-begotten, righteous, perfect, obedient, SON in my place! Why? Why would God pour out all of His holy wrath stored up because of my iniquities on His Son?

Here’s the amazing part…the God who I needed to be saved from, accomplished everything that was required for me, the offender, to be made right with Him. And He doesn’t simply tolerate me, but welcomes me to His table as an adopted son.

Oh God, may I ever fear you, in awesome reverence of your Power and Might and Justice and GRACE and MERCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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