Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear – Hebrews 12:28
Meditation: So much of our daily lives is beyond our control, and this realization can drive us to feel victimized by circumstances. Fear can creep into our minds even at the best if times. We fear failure, and we fear embarrassment. We fear condemnation and confrontation with our peers. Many times Christians are fearful when they should be bold, but there is One that we should fear: GOD.
Jesus was aware of our weakness, and reminded us to “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Furthermore, the Word of God tells us that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).
Concerning our fear of the world and its threats, the Apostle Paul was aware of our need for encouragement. He wrote to Timothy saying, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:6-7).
Call To Action: Be bold brothers and sisters. “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain” (Philippians 2:14-16).