by Christina Farris
Exodus 20:20 KJV 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
Exodus 23:27 KJV 27 I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.
Deuteronomy 4:10 KJV 10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.Fear is overrated when it comes to God, earthly authority, parents,and scary monsters under the bed. Fear of diseases, germs, dirt, life, and death. Our fear of someone with a gun is normal fear because it something seeable, it the unseeable things we are probably more scared of in one regard. Yet fear by itself can only be justified by our own mind in regards to many things. A fear to try new things, to step out of the house, or even drive and walk down the road is often over rated. Who should fear God. Why does man fear God?
Today just skimming through some verses we find God telling Abram not to fear him, and Moses telling the people not to fear God, and for only the enemy to fear God. Is our fear misplaced this morning. That is interesting question. Is our reverence for God out of fear or how awesome God is. Abram had the vision in Genesis 13 of going to the promise land and he was in compliant to God not out of fear, but willing to obey him because of perhaps hope of a brighter tomorrow. If the right person come along and says come and I will make a better life for you, you perhaps will go, but not without weighing the price of it all. Abraham took his family and head to the promiseland and even tried to protect his family not understanding that God would place a fear on his enemies or people he came in contact with. God told Abraham not to fear him. He treated Abraham as a friend or family member. There is fear of respect of God but not a fear of God everytime they would talk. It like going to that one big boss and fear he will fire you ever time. We not live with the idea God is going to squash us like a bug everytime we turn around. If we did our cross would be to heavy to bear.
Understanding God loves us as a friend, daughter/son, might be understood in a health family unit as fear of one's parents. Fear of knowing God's power to correct our mistakes so do not sin on purpose, but to understand fear of God should be before our enemy, either by the presents of God, or the correction in our own life. Lamech feared what God would do because he killed two men, because Cain was cast out of his sight(Genesis 4:23-24). What then are we to consider the fear of God based on another, perhaps, because man/woman can understand that God punishes people for sin.
Fear of God comes by example of what the result of sin causes from another person life. Fear of God comes by God's presence. In Exodus 20:18-19 we learn Israel feared God when he came to talk to them and showed his authority with a voice like thundred. Moses was asked to be their intercessor. God sends his Son to be intercessor his name is Jesus, because he would teach the people of how to walk and talk with God. If we look at all the stories in the four Gospels in the New Testament of the life of Jesus, we see people approaching Jesus with all kinds of questions and request for healing. What we can understand is that God wants us to come to him. He wants us to be on the winning side. He doesn't desire us to fear except in the since of his authority over their life. The story of worship of the golden calf is a story before the time the ten commandments is the reason God placed a fear on Israel. There reaction is one of fear.
Fear of God should be in our hearts not to sin against our Creator, but should be placed in reverence to him. Our fear of God is not in fear of talking God, but fear of disrespecting God. God promises us to set a fear of him among our enemies. If we ever seen God spread a fear upon your enemies beware, there is a reason. God wants to do something, we can not see, and that is often to change the heart of man to him. Can we stand firm in faith to allow God to put a fear on our enemy. Are we so fearful of mankind that it is greater then God. Man can kill, can destroy, can cause injury, and yet Daniel had no injury and Shadrach, Meshrach and Abednego had no burns. Yet the enemy did his best to destoy them.
If God is our protector as we claim, our enemy will rise up and maybe persecute us, but God will go through the fire with us, and even into the pit with us. It does not mean we will not suffer, for Christ definitely did. It means God has the power to raise us up in our persecution to defeat the enemy, to destroy those that fear him not. Yet are we willing to trust him. We are human and our reactions are very real even in times of fear and frustration.
We can not see the coronavirus but we know it exist. However are we blind to the ability of God to destroy such a virus. Let us put on those gloves, wear those mask, use soap and water in excessiveness to defeat the enemy. Let us put on robes of righteousness by faith, turning from sin and humbling ourselves before God knowing his power and might. Let us use the isolation time to examine ourselves and teach our children to do likewise. Our salvation comes from blood of the lamb, name Jesus. The Lamb blood is our protection. Yet we still need to examine ourselves regularly to make sure our ways are in accordance to the standards of God. Putting away the filthiness of our lives, from talk, to actions in our lives.
Dear Heavenly Father, as believers we step out in faith knowing you are a loving heavenly Father, that loves his children and desire good things. Let our enemy not see our fear, but our hope in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Psalm 56:1-13 KJV