Fear Not

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

What is fear?

The Google definition, fear as a noun: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

I know when I break it down to the simplest form I can imagine, everything I “fear” in this life is temporary.

I’ve been reading in the Old Testament lately and reading of the horrors those days saw. I cannot imagine some of the sights described by Ezekiel and others.

To think of how their lives were literally in peril day by day.

But even in reading all of that…the famines, fires, wars, the desolation and destruction, what stops me is the visions.

I shudder to think of being asleep and then to be standing by the river speaking with the angels and being shown things I couldn’t comprehend. And then to have the understanding given! Oh, the fear that I’d feel!

Having the experience of seeing beasts never before described and seeing the Glory of GOD and HIS Children around HIM…

First off, I can’t imagine that I would be able to speak or even think at the wonder of it all…

But then the burden of it all would be too much to bear.

And the fear of being flesh, human and imperfect in front of a Perfect and all Powerful LORD GOD.

It scares me so much to know that HE is ever present and how forgetful I am. If we all lived like we remembered GOD is always watching us, would we act differently?

Nothing this world throws at me can hurt me…not where it really matters. My flesh started dying the moment I was given life. I am born to die. We all are.

So why do we live in fear and worry about this life? Why do we stress so much about what we have or don’t have?

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…when we are blessed to live in the fear that our souls will not find rest, that is when we truly start to live in wisdom. We are nothing without GOD. HIS mercy and grace must cover us and that is all the protection we need.

With GOD all things are possible. HE created all things and gave life. HE is life. Without HIM, nothing exists.

Having no fear is not a sign of strength, the strength comes from fearing the ONE who knows all things and directs all things.

If only we could be blessed to know and understand, to live in hope, fear and meekness, striving for eternal rest, then we would be blessed indeed.

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