It seems as if we were made to fear something or someone. Maybe there’s a sense deep within us that we’re not as big as we make ourselves out to be so we create predators and powers greater than ourselves in our movies, books and music to satisfy this longing.
Could it be that there is someone actually bigger than life that we should fear—not an evil monster, but one who is more powerful and glorious? One who holds the universe together and possesses the words of life and death. I believe there is.
The Bible talks about this fear and the One we are to fear is God:
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” (Psalm 33:6-9 ESV)
This isn’t a horror movie fear … this is a humble reverence and respect due to our Creator. And it goes beyond fear to valuing Him and delighting in Him because His Son, Jesus Christ, has destroyed our greatest fear—the fear of death—and gives life, righteousness and a place in a forever family to all who will draw near to Him. So what are you to do? Again, it’s the Bible that gives the answer:
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, [Jesus] himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. (Hebrews 2:14-15 ESV)
“… what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul ...” (Deuteronomy 10:12 ESV)