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What happens when God is charge?

  • We have peace and safety.
  • God keeps us safe.
  • We have nothing to fear.

How often does God remind us to fear not? How do we get to the place of no fear?

I must let God make all the decisions. God has put Jesus in charge. He is my Master.

 Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts! Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an untroubled habitation, an immovable tent, whose stakes will never be plucked up, nor will any of its cords be broken. But there Yahweh [the Lord] in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor majestic ship can pass. For Yahweh [the Lord] is our judge; Yahweh [the Lord] is our lawgiver; Yahweh [the Lord] is our king; he will save us.

ESV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Isaiah 33:20–22.

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The fear of God is the basis for our walking in His ways, serving Him, and, yes, loving Him.

The fear of the Master is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. | Proverbs 1:7

  • There is a great conundrum around the issue of fear. God says that I should fear Him and that I should “fear not”. So what is up with all of this? Jesus lays it all out with this: Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  (Matthew 10:28) Almost immediately after that, Jesus says “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” The Greek word in Matthew 10 is phobéō  –  meaning I fear, dread, reverence, am afraid, terrified.
    • Deuteronomy 10:12, 20-21 records, “And now, O Israel, what does the Master your God ask of you but to fear the Master your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Master your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Fear the Master your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.”
  • For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God. For the believer, the fear of God is something much different. The believer’s fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’”This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for the disciples of Jesus. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe.
  • Some redefine the fear of God for believers to “respecting” Him. While respect is included in the concept of fearing God, there is more to it than that. A biblical fear of God, for the believer, includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment on sin—even in the life of a believer.
    • Hebrews 12:5-11 describes God’s discipline of the believer. While it is done in love, it is still a fearful thing.
    • As children, the fear of discipline from our parents no doubt prevented some evil actions.
    • The same should be true in our relationship with God.
    • We should fear His discipline, and therefore look to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him.
  • Believers are not to be scared of God. We have no reason to be scared of Him. We have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love. We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him that it has a significant impact on the way we live our lives. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him as Master, submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe.