FearGod

Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, [and] strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD [is] his treasure.

So, if we are to fear God, then why does the Bible say that we should not fear?

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

The only reason we should fear God is if we are in sin. This latent fear keeps us from sin, so that we need not fear.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name [was] Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

The Bible instructs us many times to fear not. It also tells us clearly to fear God. Is this a contradiction? Not at all. The reason we are to fear not, is because we trust God.

When we are outside God’s will, then we have stepped out from under part of God’s protection. In this case, we do need to fear. We now have less protection that was being provided by God’s providence, and we also need to fear God’s chastening.

It is this passive fear, this potential fear of God’s chastening, that will help keep us within God’s will so that we need not actively fear anything.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

We have nothing to fear. Let’s keep it that way by showing our love to God by staying in His will.

Fear not.

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