Since 9/11 of 2001, we have never been the same as nation. In some ways that change was good as people began to think about life more selflessly, and more seriously about God. However, as time has gone on, it seems obvious that the opposite is now taking place in our nation. God is being kept out because of a different fear, fear of man. It is amazing how soon we forget.
The Bible tells us the opposite is to be true. We are not to fear man, but are to fear God. Fear meaning to be in reverence and awe of God. Jesus said: “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!” – Luke 12:4–5. These are very sobering words. Yet the Bible tells us over two hundred times that we should fear, or reverence the Lord.“Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.” – Psalm 33:8.
The fear of the Lord is a healthy fear. Those who truly fear the Lord are those who trust and obey Him above all others, and the Lord delights in them. “The LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.”Psalm 147:11.
If the Lord delights in those who fear Him, we certainly should not fear those who do not. Psalm 27:1 says“The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”
Do you fear the Lord? Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ? If so, you can with confidence say,”The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.”- Psalm 118:6. And in the presence of great adversity boldly proclaim “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” -Psalm 46:1-3.
Do not be dismayed, and do not live in fear of man, but take courage and be comforted, for the Word of God says this of those who are in Christ: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The answer is no one – Romans 8:31.
Would you like to know more? Call us at 425-432-0634, we would love to talk with you, pray for you, and help you know God’s truth and hope for life. Find more at www.taylorcreekchurch.org, or visit us. Our service times are 9 a.m. for Sunday school and 10:15 a.m. for worship. We are located at 21110 244thAve S.E. Maple Valley.