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Fear of The Lord

Then everyone will be afraid; they will proclaim the mighty acts of God and realize all the amazing things he does.
-Psalm 64:9

When God comes, being afraid is normal and actually good.  There is not much fear of God in general today.  More fear of God would be a very good thing.

When God comes, there is blessing for those who have prepared themselves to receive it, but also holy awe at God's majesty.  When God comes, it clarifies everything.  Sin is exposed and justice is wrought.

The fool says to themselves that God does not exist (Psalm 14:1, 53:1).  Other foolish ways are to create a god or gods that are not The One True God .  When the fool gets a revelation that God is real, they are jarred with fear.  "What must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30), would be the normal reaction.

When you realize God is real, you want to do the right thing, because God is love and God is holy, just, and true.  You are compelled to come into alignment with God. The life of walking with and before God, is a life of learning godliness.

Everyone being afraid, because of God's intervention, is a very good thing.  We do not celebrate when God brings down our enemy (Prov. 24:17-18).  The fear of God is amplified in us when our enemy is dealt a blow.

We are actually called to love our enemies, bless them, do good to them and pray for them (Matt. 5:44).  We are called to give our enemy food and drink (Prov. 25:21, Rom. 12:20).

God is never on your side (Josh. 5:13-15).  He is your God and your savior, but he is The King, The Sovereign.  To be his subject fills you with awe.

When God comes, when God moves, when God acts; you are filled with more awe, which is the fear of God.  You want to know God and please God.  You are humbled in his presence.

If Jesus appeared to you today, you might be afraid and want to run (Matt. 28:10, Luke 24:36-40).  In our minds, we might have a harmless, even effeminate, smiling hippie-in-sandals Jesus in our minds, who is far from the real person.  Jesus is kind, gentle, merciful, and compassionate; but also light and truth and very intense about you being in God's ways.  The Lion of Judah has teeth.

When we embrace humility and live in the awesome fear of the Lord, we say, "there but for the grace of God, go I", which means that anything good in me, is from God (1:Cor 15:10).  There is also a knowledge of the fear of the Lord ("fearful responsibility", (NLT), or "terror of the Lord", (KJV)), that compels us to live a transparent life pleasing to the Lord, while doing everything to bring others into God's Kingdom (2 Cor. 5:11).

If a person does not have much fear of God in their life, they probably do not know the living God and do not have wisdom (Prov. 1:7, 9:10; Psalm 111:10).


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