(Proverbs 16:6 KJV) By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
“Fear” (3374) gets a lot of bad press but has a real value if it “keeps away” (departs KJV) (5493) “evil” (7451b), or us from evil. While the phrase “fear not” appears 62 times in the KJV we are also told to “fear the Lord” 30 times. We need to understand that this fear is not the panic that either makes us freeze or flea. It is the awareness that makes us cautious and careful.
I use electricity just like everyone else. I plug and unplug with abandon. I flip switches up and down. No problem there with electricity. At the same time I keep my house from burning down by not trying to rewire it myself. Why? Because I have a healthy fear of electricity. I know it can kill me. I use it. I am thankful for it. I know it can kill me.
So? God is holy. He is a consuming fire. He is wrathful. Be careful how you touch Him. At the same time He is the source of eternal life. He is waiting for your fear to bring you to Him.
Friday, November 16, 2018
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