Psychologists will tell you that there is a healthy level of fear that we should all have experienced growing up to help us understand danger. Teaching a child to be leery of strangers; and to respect fire or a hot stove are healthy levels of fear. Many of the fears we learn as children can be life-saving.
The Bible teaches us that the fear of God, or Elohim, our creator, is a healthy and acceptable fear. (Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28 NIV). This is not a fear that holds us in bondage or that is oppressive, but one that is holy, reverent, and loving. It is mixed with hope and trust. The individuals who walk in the fear of God, walk in humility and awe at the greatness and wondrous majesty of Him, who by His word, hurled the universe into place and breathed life into clay; creating mankind with all of its spiritual and human complexities. Having a reverent fear for God is spiritual and natural. It always produces faith in us and confident expectations of good. Continue reading