(Proverbs 28:14 KJV) Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Do you want to be “happy” (blessed NASB) (835)? Then “fear” (6342). An understanding of the Biblical fear is vital. It is not crippling fear, it is guiding fear. It is not inhibiting fear but mobilizing fear. It is fear based in knowledge not superstition. Real fear differs from worldly fear in the same way that our hope differs from the common idea of hope.
Fear is awareness.
Fear is assurance.
Pascal wrote: “Fear not, provided you fear; but if you fear not, then fear.”
In a very real sense you can conquer fear. It does not seem to be a good idea. A fool “hardens” (7185) his heart against the fear of the Lord.
So? Fear in a healthy, well balanced, God centered way. It keeps you away from cliffs and gives you assurance.
Pensees, Project Gutenberg, Kindle Highlight Loc. 4248