Sunday, November 26 2017
One of the toughest giants we face is fear. Fear of the unknown, failure, loss. It comes in many shapes and sizes. I recently bought a sign to put up in my office "Be Fearless". I saw it and said "Yes, this is what I want to be!" I brought it home and set it aside. I was on a writing retreat and this kept coming into my mind. This idea of being fearless. The more I thought about it the less I liked It. I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with it. What came to me was that I needed to "Fear more". Crazy! Who wants to be more afraid! Yep, I didn't get it at all. This was one of those times where I felt completely confused by what I felt I was being shown by God. Well, God is not a God of confusion. The confusion was from me, I was making it more complicated that it was. I am sure no one else ever does that!
So this is how it played out. God was NOT telling me to be more afraid, He was telling me to fear HIM more.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Ps 111:10
Oh fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. Ps 34:9
Get wisdom! Get understanding! Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom Prov 4: 5,7
Fear of the Lord is a holy reverance of who He is. It is the surrender of what I want for what He wants. It is being in love with the Lord not just loving what He can give you. It's the desire to intimately know Him. Acts 9:31b "And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied."
Fear the Lord- increase in wisdom- increase in intimacy with Him- making disciples of all nations.
As if that was not enough, when I actively seek to fear God more, the things of this world decrease in size and I fear them less.