"But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!" (Luke 12:5)
Our fears are as numerous as fleas on a dog. We fear tornadoes, robbers, spiders, strangers, snakes, the government, and sometimes we even scream at the sight of a fuzzy. But the greatest fear is the one we fear the least. The thought of God's wrath should send us all trembling on our knees. Men can kill us, animals can hurt us, but only God can cast into hell. Solomon wisely wrote, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). Fear leads us to repentance. Fear leads us to reverence. Fear leads us to do what is right when we might not normally do so. This is the fear that kills all our other fears. Nothing in heaven or earth is outside His control.
Fear of God is more than quivering at His presence. The fear a child has for his parents is the fear we have of our Heavenly Father, only amplified. It's fear that's mixed with an awe-inspiring respect and love. We fear His rod without forgetting His gentle hand. If we fear Him, we need not fear His wrath.
Fear without faith is like tilling a garden and not planting seeds. Many criminals fear the police but keep breaking the law. It's not so much the police they fear as the punishment that will come when they're caught. Fear of hell won't get you into heaven, but a fear of God mixed with faith will.
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