‘The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life’ Proverbs 14.27
It is so easy to panic when we read about 'the fear of the Lord'. How can being frightened of God lead to anything positive? For the sake of simplicity let’s interpret 'the fear of the Lord' as something like 'awe'. When we are in awe of God everything can change.
Standing before God with awe really can be like a fountain of life, because so often it is the effect upon us of other people or circumstances that robs us of our enjoyment of life. We can feel powerless as people or events play an overwhelming role in our lives.
When we come before God with a sense of awe this all changes, because we find ourselves standing before one who really is a greater power than anything else that we can even perceive. To stand before God with awe is to stand before the one who is revealed to us within the pages of the Bible - and to do this is to begin to appreciate just how powerful he is, how much we are loved and the vastness of what he has done for us and will do for us out of that love.
Take a moment right now to hold before you a sense of the sheer power of God and his love for you. Then bring to him those things that can so easily rob you of the joy he wants for you.
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