Hey Jude: Fear of God
Book of Jude- NLT
I have put many hours into thinking about the concept of fearing God. I have wrestled with the notion that God is love and we should not be afraid at all. I have considered that God is all powerful and maybe we should shake in our boots in terror. Both viewpoints have very valid arguments to consider.
But neither view tells the whole story. For it is within both views that we find the true nature of God. It is very inaccurate to talk about God in only a judgmental, harsh, disciplinarian way; for the exaggeration of those traits are not the truth of who He is. It is also grossly inaccurate to describe Him as a cosmic grandpa that only wants to shower us with gifts and love giving us no responsibility except to exist and be the recipient of his outpouring. Our Father is neither of those extremes. He is virtually not comprehendible from our earthly viewpoint. It is as we discover His vastness that we discover our all powerful yet loving God and Father.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14New King James Version (NKJV)13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.
The fear of the Lord is the understanding that the God that loves us deeply, the God that agreed to send His only son to be tortured and killed as payment for our sinfulness, the same God who extends grace and mercy to us in great abundance; that God is holy, that God is righteous, He is the creator of heaven and of hell, He is all powerful, almighty and never ending; therefore He should be considered first and foremost before any other influence, power or authority. - Pastor Greg Cramer