Fear Of God - Explained
How do we fear God and love Him and the same time? How do I come close to God if I am meant to live in fear of Him?
I have often wondered how to reconcile what seems to often be opposite extremes. In no way have I reached the end of the matter but I continue to try and understand how to approach the creator of the universe from a broken, fallen human life.
Matthew 10:28 NLT
““Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Proverbs 9:10 NLT
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”
The first half of my life I had an extrem fear of heights. My whole body would shut down when I even thought about getting close to the edge. Put me up in a high building and I have a fear of heights. But I'm not afraid of a building that is high. In fact, it's not the building at all, is it? I'm actually afraid of what might happen to me if I am on top of that high building.
There seems to be a difference between the fear of God and being afraid of God. God is patient, He is kind and loving and slow to get angry. There is no reason to be afraid of our loving Heavenly Father.
So, the fear of God is more about being afraid of what might happen to me if I get to close to His perfect presence. I'm afraid, only in that I'm human and finite and fallen. If I approach the eternal One who is brighter than light, any residual of darkness in me will be exposed.
This causes me to approach with humility, not familiarity. I gladly and eagerly accept His invitation to draw close but not in an arrogant manner that suggests I deserve this.
I am not afraid of my God but I live with a fear of Him that produces a respectful obedience.