What happens when we do not fear God? Do we really want an answer? I will answer it. We will fear everything else, and be crippled by that fear even though there is only a perceived notion, or a shadow in the darkness ahead. BOO!
This is something the LORD has been revealing to me for the past few years. If I fear God, there is absolutely nothing I need to fear. If I do not fear God, then I will fear everything, every dark shadow around me. I have noticed the “Fear not” passages and the “Do not be afraid” ones too. The Almighty does not desire that we be fearful, and when we are walking with Him there is nothing to fear.
Hear what the LORD says to the children of Israel when they were near to crossing into the Promised Land…
“If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them? Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt; the great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid. Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed. Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a Mighty God and Terrible. And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.” Deuteronomy 7:17-22 (KJV)
If you will notice verse 21 (you will need your Bible to figure that out) says, “Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.” The phrases “Mighty God and terrible” are translated “Great and awesome” in the NKJV. I have always loved the word “Awesome”. I think it is greatly overused. There is no one individual I know that is “Awesome” – except Jesus my Lord and Savior.
God’s instruction to the people was not to fear the people of the Land they were about to enter. He is the Great and Awesome GOD. There is none like Him. There is none beside Him. Anything man has made and declared a deity is set for destruction. GOD is set forever.
The Psalmist has written…
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.” and “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” Psalm 56:3, 11
Yes there are fears that will come our way, but the Christ-honoring, God-fearing believer will turn that fear to faith, will trust and believe the LORD is with us; and not fear what lies ahead; neither what is behind us.
This kind of faith comes through the faith of Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection. If you have not trusted Him you have much to fear; not the least of which is being outside the will and way of God.