Psalm 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
This morning I shared this thought as my “status” on my Facebook account; There can’t be joy in salvation with sorrow for sin. The Bible tells us that a broken heart and contrite spirit are necessary for true repentance.
This evening I was watching a program that spoke on this very subject to some degree. But the question was then flipped around, so to speak, to ask how can we expect the lost to fear God when so often the church doesn’t?
Do we show in our lives a reverence for God? Do we exhibit a godly fear in our daily dealings and actions? As the familiar story of “The Living Bible” illustrates the testimony of our lives speak louder to the lost family, friends, co-workers, and other folks we come in contact with than the words we speak to them that more often than not seem to fall upon deaf ears. Yes, actions truly do speak louder than words. What are your actions saying to those that are “listening” to you?
I was thinking about opportunities that the Lord sets out before us yesterday. It occurred to me that many of us probably miss out on countless blessings by allowing some of these opportunities to slip away. I wonder, how many of these multiple missed chances are due to fear but are covered over by the excuse of being “prayer-alyzed”- I term I made up -, meaning to avoid doing God’s will with the excuse of needing to pray about “it” first?
Yes, we ought to pray before we undertake many things. And we ought to always be in prayer (1 Thes. 5:17). But there are times when God presents us with opportunities that are just so obviously of His will that further meditation just isn’t needed: action is!
Do you know what prayer-alization REALLY is? A lack of faith mixed with an abundance of fear.
British philosopher Bertrand Russell once said “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom”. I don’t know much about Mr. Russell but I do surmise one thing from his quotation: Mr. Russell wasn’t much of a student of God’s Word.
The Bible tells us that there is a way that seems right to men, but it leads to death. Scripture also teaches that the wisdom of men is foolishness to God.
No, the beginning of wisdom lies not in conquering our fear. The beginning of wisdom lies in realizing the fear of the Lord.
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.