Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble. NIV
What is your reaction?
So you are driving on the interstate with a speed limit of 65 and your speed is around 77. You turn the corner and off to the side a state police car sets under the overpass. What is your reaction? If you are like me all my attention with deep groaning in prayer is on that car. I am hoping officer does not notice me. Why do we react this way? Because there is an authority represented by this car which can arrest, fine, take away drivers license etc. This is a healthy fear.
Letter from the IRS
How about a letter from the friendly IRS. (Sorry for the oxymoron) This letter is always last one I opened. Because within the walls of the IRS there is power and authority to enter your life and make changes that are not pleasant.
BLESSED is the one who trembles before God
The scriptures states BLESSED is the one who trembles before God. Blessed means a better than normal life. Goodness is following you. Easier living than others. You are blessed. The blessing always come from outside ourselves. Those with power are protecting us rather than chasing us. In the descriptions above some fear of Law enforcement and tax law would keep you driving slower and not cheating on taxes. So when you see the car or letter you do not panic. Your healthy fear kept you safe.
Jesus said we should fear God.
Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. This same statement is made in Mark and Luke. Around this statement are words from Jesus describing God cares for us and He knows the numbers hair on our heads. I do trust God, I do believe in Christ and follow Him. I am always asking the Holy Spirit to help me and guide me. But I am also aware of the power of God. He will judge me as I give an account for my life.
The Bible also has some warning that should put some fear in us. Like right after the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus says in verses 14-15 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. And verse 22-24 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Do you have a health fear of God?
I don’t know where you stand on once saved always saved. I am not totally in that camp myself but a healthy fear of God is healthy. One day your will be driving along in your life and as you turn the corner…the end. We will stand before God. He is the judge. He will welcome or reject. Have a healthy fear now and your life will be most blessed. If your heart become hardened you will be heading for trouble in this life and the next. A healthy fear of God will keep your lightnside.