Fear or Fear

One can have reverence for God or His works, but one can experience a distressing emotion created by a perceived danger, evil, pain, or generally feel afraid. In either case, the same word is used to describe the human response; therefore, it could be said that man can respond to circumstances in Fear or Fear.

Having reverence for God or His works is defined as Fear or Fear is defined as experience a distressing emotion created by a perceived danger, evil, pain, or generally feel afraid. This is the choice that we have daily. In fact, we experience this choice not just daily but all day every day. 

You want proof of our choice Fear or Fear. Let’s go to the Word of God.

Fear of God i.e. reverence for God or His works.

Deuteronomy 5:29
Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!
Joshua 24:14
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
1 Chronicles 16:25
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
Job 1:1
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
Psalm 25:14
The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
Psalm 103:13
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
Proverbs 14:27
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
Ecclesiastes 7:18
It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.

We can easily see from those verses that God desires and expects man to respond to our circumstance out of reverence for God or His works. Regardless of how we term it, the proper response for man is to recall the attributes of God in the face of our circumstances.

Most often though, we do not respond to circumstances out of reverence (fear) for God but out of being afraid (fear) of some perceived danger, evil, or pain. Again, let go to the Word of God for proof. 

Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.

Isaiah 35:3-5

Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

Isaiah 57:11

“Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have not been true to me, and have neither remembered me nor taken this to heart? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?

Jeremiah 5:23-25
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts;
    they have turned aside and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
    ‘Let us fear the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains in season,
    who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
    your sins have deprived you of good.

Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the Lord, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands.
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Hear is another clear example of man having to choose between Fear or Fear. In Psalm 52, David’s choice is captured as someone tells Saul where He is. Saul was seeking David to kill him. Naturally, David made attempts to avoid Saul, but we have insight into God developing David’s mindset of fear (reverence) for Him rather than David’s fear of Saul.

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
    He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
    he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
    they will laugh at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
    who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
    and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive tree
    flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
    in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
    for your name is good.

I am not sure what is facing you at this very moment, but God  has shown you which Fear or Fear He expects. Which is for you today? Ecclesiastes 12:13 says, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.” God has shown us how He expects us to respond. Let’s see how we do today.


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