What scares you?

We all have things that keep us up at night. It could be money worries or fear of failure, or  maybe fear of being found out for something you’ ve done.

No matter what triggers our fear or anxiety, the root of our fear is in our not being able to control  the outcome of the situations we face in our lives.

The Bible tells us that there is only one fear that is healthy to have.  That is fear of the Lord. We are firmly told not to fear if we will have enough to eat or drink or wear (Matthew 6:31) or even to worry about the future (Matthew 6:34), or about those who would harm us ( Matthew 10:28). This is not because God promises to keep us from all hardship, but because we can trust Him..that He is big enough to handle our problems and that He loves us and is right there with us even in the darkest times of our lives (Psalm 23). He promises He had good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11) and Hepromises that nothing can separate us from His love for us in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39)-the love that died in our place to guarantee us a beautiful eternity spent in the very presence of God. Therefore, if we are in Him,  we are not to worry about these troubles that will only last for such a short time in light of eternity (Romans 8:18) (2 Corinthians 4:17). When Christians live in a constant state of worry, they forget that God is always working all things together for the good of those whom He loves and has called according to His purpose.  (Romans 8:28).

   Worry is something that Satan uses to take our eyes off the sovereignty of God, and focus instead on our own inadequacy. Worry and fear keep us from living for God sometimes. Maybe I’m afraid of rejection, so I don’t speak the truth of the Gospel to my family member. Maybe I fear change, so I don’t go to another country to labor for Christ.  If I fear losing my “me time”, I will talk myself out of spending time with someone who needs encouragement. If your fear leads you to disobey God, your fear is placed on the wrong thing!

The one fear that is beneficial to have is a fear of God. Many might say “If God is so loving, I should under no circumstances have to fear Him.”  I believe that fear has two meanings in this case. To fear the Lord means to recognize Him as being the Supreme Ruling Power over everything in this world, to hold a right, awestruck view of this Holy God who is so OTHER, who by simply speaking was able to create life. What we take for granted each day: the sun, the ocean, babies,the ability to breathe or our self-healing bodies..all miracles that we could not duplicate-EVER!- these are all the workmanship of an incredibly powerful God. He made us to worship and love Him and obey Him, and to respect who He is-God.

The other meaning I think we can take as being afraid in a physical sense, awaiting retribution for crimes committed. This is a dread of the judgment of God. If we have repented of our sins and placed our faith in Christ, we (praise God!) should see the Holy Spirit at work inside of us. This is the evidence of us being saved, and we don’t fear the judgment of God anymore, since Christ has borne it in our place at the cross . For those who have not yet been saved, fearing God’s impending judgment may be the catalyst that leads to repentance. It is wise to accept the payment Jesus provided instead of stubbornly choosing to receive the deserved payment (hell) for refusing to acknowledge God’s Lordship.

One passage I love and have pondered is Proverbs 1:7, which says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. Some translations say, “the beginning of wisdom”. This to me says that to see God for who He is, and to respond to Him accordingly is the wisest way to live. Psalm 34:9 says “Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.”  To fear the Lord is absolutely the smartest way to live, because ultimately God IS in control. That means we can live IN fear of God, but WITHOUT fear of anything else.  Since God is so loving and so good, we can obey Him and know He has our best interests at heart.  Fear of God is not a negative thing. It reminds us WHO truly has control, which frees us from having to sweat the small stuff, and even the huge stuff. We are safe in the hands of our Savior, free to follow Him wherever He leads.

Where do you see fear in your own life? Is it fear of God or fear of something else? How would fearing only God change your perspective or your actions?

Psalm 118:4~ “Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.”

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About Angela

I'm just trying to figure this life thing out with the help of some amazing friends and a God who loves me in spite of my tendency to forget what is truly important!
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5 Responses to What scares you?

  1. Bobby says:

    I am not afraid of God in that fashion. I do have a healthy dose of respect in his power but I would like to think he is simply my friend.
    He just happens to be “THE” friend that makes all of this possible.
    Cheers,
    Bobby

    • angelarva says:

      Hi Bobby! Thank you so much for always reading and commenting. It means a lot to me and I like being able to dialogue with people about things. I view God in light of both the wonder of creation but also the special revelation He has given us in The Bible and in Christ. God is indeed the very best friend we could ever have but the same God will allow people to go to hell if they do not repent of their idolatrous lifestyles in which they “call the shots”. In Romans 6:23 God says the wages of sin is death. God will enforce divine, righteous judgment. He tells us so. In this same God, we also see immeasurable love and mercy in Christ leaving heaven and coming to be born into a dark world where many that met Him were saved but many more hated Him and saw Him crucified because He challenged them to truly live as if God meant what He said. I would ask you, Bobby, is how you view God a reflection of who you feel God should be or does it stem from what God has revealed of Himself?

  2. Bobby says:

    Angela,

    At one time I had aspirations of becoming a minister. I am always in search of a connection with my maker. I often try not to categorize God through scripture or conversation.

    Imagine not having a Bible or scripture yet you can see glimpses of your maker in all that you see and do.

    Then Imagine that a human being came along and handed you several books that spoke about your maker in different context such as the Koran, The Torah, The Bible and the ancient writings of the Hindu’s, Buddha or any other spiritual guide.

    All variations of similar themes yet very different. Perhaps God speaks to different people in different ways?

    It would then be up to you to decide for yourself what was valid.

    Having said all of that, I am well versed in scripture and totally respect your points of view as I do believe you have found your path to God. One could go an entire lifetime and not know the way.

    I was raised in the Christian faith yet I believe there are many paths to our maker that extend beyond the Bible as our sole spiritual guide.

    So, to answer your question… my answer is that my belief is what God has revealed of himself.

    I’m always looking and am constantly amazed by what he does.

    I absolutely enjoy your journal and have the deepest respect for your ministry and beliefs.

    You make a difference in the lives of many people when you are a reflection of your maker. I see this in you very clearly.

    The reflection is truly a beautiful one.

    Cheers,
    Bobby

    • angelarva says:

      Bobby, thanks for such kind words.Glory goes to God for anything redeeming you see in me. =) I have studies other religions as well, but I guess they just don’t hold water against the eyewitness accounts if the life,death and resurrection of Christ. I believe God has always been the same, and wouldn’t reveal Himself a anything other than who He is. I think it grieves Him deeply to have created us only to see us make idols both of wood or stone or even of our own conceptualization of “God” and worship these instead of the one true God. He is who he is. Christ was the visible image of the invisible God, and said that He is the ONLY.way. I love people of all religions and backgrounds, and I believe love involves telling the truth out of concern for one’s well being. God who created us will not share His glory with created “gods”, and those who trust in them will not be saved because they aren’t gods at all. Thank you, again, for your candor and for your heart Bobby. I just went to your blog and your little girl is absolutely adorable. I will be praying for her.

  3. Bobby says:

    Thank you for your thoughts.

    That is actually my new Niece Temperance. I see her all the time because me and my sister are like two peas in a pod.

    Feel free to follow my journal as it is mostly abut the love I have for my family and friends.

    The door is always open and you are always welcome.

    Thank you for your prayers.

    Bobby

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