The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13 NLT
There is one fear that the Bible encourages: the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is very different from other fears. It is not like the fear a child has for an alcoholic parent who is unpredictable and might, at any moment, do something harmful. The biblical idea of the fear of the Lord is a clear understanding that God is different—He has no beginning or end, nor does He owe His existence to any creator. He is THE Creator and is more powerful and awesome than anyone, or anything in the world. It is a holy reverence that comes from recognizing who He is and who we are before Him. In a sense, it is the fear to end all fears. “If God is for us, then who can be against us?” My reverence, or fear of the Lord, puts me under His protection and covering. I don’t need to be afraid, because He is with me!
For reflection: Am I uncomfortable with the idea of “fearing” God, and if so, why? How does an accurate vision of God impact the fears that threaten to hinder my growth?
Lord, help me to understand the “fear of God” in light of the love of God. You are the all powerful creator of all things and yet you invite me to call you Father. You are omnipotent and I am your child. Thank you for your tender compassion to those who fear you. Because of your presence, I don’t have to be afraid.