Alright, the title is a teaser to get us to read on so we grasp what is really going to be discussed. Now, I realize that for many of us, and this will not come as much of a surprise, but I'm going to take a chance and say it anyway for those of us (like me) who are still trying to figure this whole 'Christian life' thing out.
OK, so here it goes. Sometimes our God... wait for it… just doesn’t make much sense. Now I realize that may sound a bit strange, but let me share just a few examples of what I am referring too.
Scripture says in order to receive, we must first learn how to give. (Luke 6:38) In order to lead, we must first learn how to follow. (Mark 1:17) In order be successful in life, we must first learn how to fail. (John 12:24-25) And in order to be confident, we must first teach you to be afraid. (Proverbs 14:26)
What the ?&#*@!… BE AFRAID? Now that seems like strange advice coming from God, doesn't it? But let’s read this scripture in its entirety.
PROVERBS 14: 26, 27 (AMP)
In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge. Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.
I will never forget something I heard years ago. The Kingdom of God too many of us seems backwards.
While FEAR is something many of us seek to avoid, it sure seems now more than ever before that FEAR is something God wants us at times to embrace. Although difficult for us to grasp, the measure of FAITH we have in God can be directly related to the measure of FEAR we have of Him. And you can substitute the word concerned for afraid if that makes it easier to swallow.
Let me explain. How many job opportunities have you passed up because you were afraid of what the employer may have said...rather than being afraid of the God who told you to apply?
How many unfruitful relationships are you still holding on to because you are afraid of being alone...rather than being afraid of the God who has better ones in store?
Believe it or not, FEAR is not something we always have to back away from. Sometimes, FEAR is something we need to lean more into. Again remember if it is easier to understand just substitute the word CONCERN where you read FEAR.
FEAR is not an enemy to us who believe; but rather it is a tool of faith. A tool of confidence. And as many of us already know, a tool of wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7)
Today, let's honor God with our lives and the decisions we make. This life is too precious and ripe for a great harvest not to FEAR Him.