Whom to Fear
June/Training for Mission
9 June 2010
Plucked from the midmost place, he was hurled down by the Lord...so that men should not...commit fornication before the eyes of all.
- Columcille, Altus Prosator (Irish, 6th century)
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him...
- Deuteronomy 10.12
We don't hear much talk these days about fearing the Lord. Even though God requires it of us. Now if God requires that we fear Him, and links fearing Him with walking in His ways, loving Him, and serving Him, don't you think that His servants who minister His Word should spend a little more time instructing the rest of us in the hows and whys of this important affection?
Columcille taught his monks to fear the Lord. As the Lord had lashed out in fury against the rebellion of Satan, and cast him from his lofty place to the depths of the abyss, so God can bring rebellious sinners under the pains of His discipline. So great is His love for us that He will not simply sit by and allow us to ruin our lives and the lives of others with unacknowledged sin. He will bear down on us unpleasantly, until we repent (Heb. 12.1-11).
If we fear the devil we will be timid in the ways of the Lord. If we fear the Lord we will walk in His favor and strength, and nothing and no one will be able to stand against us as we carry the banner of the Kingdom into every area of our lives. If we fear men we will not fear God; if we fear God we will love men and so persuade them to fear and love the Lord as well.
It comes down, then, to whom you will fear. Whom do you fear right now, this moment, as you think of the day ahead? The devil? He is bound and bundled. The people to whom you've been sent as a witness? All they can do is kill you - but they probably won't. The Lord? Fear the Lord and no devil and no man can keep you from your mission. Fear the Lord, and rejoice in Him!
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