Should I be afraid of God?
Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:50 pm
By members of Obion County Ministerial Association
The Messenger, July 15, 2010
That is the right question! Jesus said, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 (New International Version) Not my words … Jesus’ words!
Do we have a fear of God? For proper balance we need to know that we do not have to live “in fear” of God, but we should “fear” Him with a reverential fear and respect.
We do not have to live “in fear” of God if we are in right standing with Him. Clear interpretation of the scriptures teach us that our right standing with God comes through saving faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Our reverential fear of and respect for Him should cause us to strive to live blameless before Him.
Proverbs 1:7 says, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. What does that mean? The fear of the Lord is an abiding and reverent sense of the presence of God and of our accountability to Him.
We don’t hear this talked about much because quite frankly, it makes people uncomfortable and afraid. But if it pertains to all of us…maybe we should talk about it more. I hope this generates some discussion.
As I study the scripture, I see that we are all accountable to our Creator. Believers and unbelievers. As believers, we Christians will be held accountable for what we have done with such a great gift of salvation. (I Corinthians 3:15, II Corinthians 5:10, Romans 14:11) As unbelievers, those who reject the sacrifice of Jesus through unbelief, will be held accountable at the Great White Throne judgment. And the scripture teaches that whoever’s name is not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death.
So should I be afraid of God? We have to answer that question for ourself.
Rev. Tommy Hall
First Assembly of God
1810 Pleasant Valley Ave., Union City