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Fear 12.13I’m still trying to work up some fear. If you see logic with this graphic posted on an Internet atheism community, then apparently that’s the basis of my faith (not “religion” – that’s a nasty word).

If I am to believe this graphic, then I came to a place of fear at age 42 – after reading many books from a variety of perspectives, debating several brave Christians and thinking long and hard about how this planet works.

After all that, I decided to follow Jesus Christ — whom serious Christians, and many others, believe is the son of God — because I simply became more and more fearful.

NOT.

There’s no doubt that ‘fear of the lord’ is mentioned in the Bible. Often, in fact. Here are just a few examples:

  • Wisdom begins with fear and respect for the Lord. (Psalm 110)
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Psalm 111)
  • A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches. (Proverbs 15)
  • Happy is the one who always fears the Lord, but the person who hardens his heart to God falls into misfortune. (Proverbs 28)

As I scanned these and so many other passages in the Bible, it became plain that there are good reasons to fear the Lord:

1. Fear the possibility of disappointing Him. God knows my potential. He knows yours, too. In fact, He put that potential into you and me. So I fear not living up to that potential, of not truly letting Him into my life so He can make me all that I can be.

2. Fear mixing up who is in charge. I don’t know about you, but in North American culture, I need constant reminders that God is God. And I am NOT, no matter how many channels I can get on TV, no matter how many pills I can take to try and extend my life & health, no matter how often I’m told that I have control over everything.

3. Fear makes at least some sense when approaching the creator of space, time and the air you and I breathe. I heard one pastor liken it to approaching a massive, stunning waterfall like Niagara. We want to come close, but we also know that if we get too close, the water could drown us. And yet we still cautiously approach because it’s just so amazing, so glorious, so spectacular. We want to be in its presence.

Does this make sense? Yes or no, post your thoughts and let’s have a conversation.

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