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It hit me the other day that God is never afraid. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control; God can have all of them all the time because he is not afraid. On the other hand we fear things.
What are you afraid of?
I find myself asking my kids this all the time, “What are you afraid of?”
Recently I’ve been asking myself the same question, “What are you afraid of Lauren?”
When I catch myself behaving in a less than Godly way, “What are you afraid of?” When I am offended, “What are you afraid of?” When I’m stressing or rushing, “What are you afraid of?” I have to say the answers seem pretty small and insignificant when I say them out loud, especially when I hold them up against the one thing God says I am to fear.
We can choose what we fear. Consciously or subconsciously, how ever we make it, it’s always a choice. One anxiety I have at the moment is niggling away in the back of my mind. I keep pushing it aside an not dealing with it because it involves another person. But as I write this I am asking myself, “What are you afraid of Lauren?”
I am afraid of that person.
Even as I write the words the person seems to pale into insignificance because in my mind I am standing them alongside the Lord God Almighty in all his majesty.
Let’s face it anything we fear on this earth is minuscule when we put it beside who the Lord is, what he can do and what he has already done.
I remember reading the story of a man who, when held at gunpoint, said to the gunman, “What? You threaten me with heaven?”
I want that kind of fear. I want the fear of God to be greater, higher, more powerful not than any other fear but before any other fear. If the fear of God is before all other fear, it supersedes all other fear. That’s where I want my fear of God.
I just had to look up the spelling of supersede (I used a c instead of an s) and while I was at it I looked up the meaning to check it was exactly the word I needed. Do you know the full meaning of the word supersede? It is the perfect word for my sentence, “If the fear of God is before all other fear it supersedes all other fear”.
The fear of God sets aside all other fear. The fear of God forces out other fear as inferior. The fear of God takes the place or position of all other fear. All other fear is displaced in favour of the fear of God!
What are you afraid of Lauren?
Only you my Lord God and I know you are on my side.
Proverbs 9:10 says,
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 10:27 says,
The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
Proverbs 19:23 says,
The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honour and life.
How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
In the fear of God we find wisdom, long life, satisfied sleep, confidence, refuge, a fountain of life, avoidance of; turmoil, calamity and snares. Towards us God’s lovingkindness knows no bounds. These are just the verses in Proverbs and one of the Psalms. There are so many more, fear of the Lord verses in God’s word, and they ALWAYS have a reward. Fear of the Lord is not for God’s benefit. It’s for ours.
I’d never stopped to think, that it takes hardening your heart (Proverbs 28:14) to put another fear higher than God. It almost seems ridiculous that in order to be less fearful and less anxious in life we have to be less tough, more soft hearted. But how wonderful! When we are humble and child-like towards God, when we put him in his place, higher than all things, bigger than all things, scarier than all things, and say by the way that’s my Dad, we are safe. Like a babe in arms. Nothing is tougher than my Dad.
Only, unlike our human Dad, God has no weaknesses and, unlike our human Dads, he is never afraid of ours. He’s never afraid. Nothing scares him. That’s why God in us is so powerful. He’s fearless and perfect. His Spirit can give us all those superpowers we need, like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control, even in our weakest moments, because the Holy Spirit is a perfect Spirit without fear.
What are you afraid of?
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God bless you, and make you fearless, as you let the fear of God supersede all other fears.