Last week, we unpacked how fear can become something that controls your life and paralyzes your dreams. But what if I also told you that not all fear is bad?
Throughout the Bible, we see examples of fear cast in a positive light.
This idea is hard to grasp, especially in today’s society, because we have combined two different fears into the same thing when in reality, they are separate from one another. There is both a destructive fear and a life-giving fear.
The destructive type is the fear of the world, the kind we talked about last week (make sure to check out last week’s posts to learn more). That kind of fear should have no power over us. God has given us everything we need to fight this fear. The fear of the world will make your life small and keep you from realizing everything God has for you.
The other type of fear (the right kind) is called the fear of the Lord.
Psalms 112:1 in the NIV reads, “How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments.”
When you fear something, you bend to its will. For example, if you have a fear of talking to new people, you will subconsciously—and sometimes consciously—avoid situations where you would meet new people. You have bent to the will of that “master.” But when you fear the Lord, you bend your life to God’s will—even when it’s beyond your current comprehension. Unlike the first fear, which the enemy uses to steal, kill, and destroy, the fear of the Lord draws you closer to the heart of the Father and opens your eyes to His plans for your life.
The fear of God is not being afraid of God; it’s being afraid of being away from Him. And it’s through intimacy with God that we discover hope, joy, peace, purpose, belonging, etc.—basically, everything we need to enjoy life to its fullest.
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