Fear Embraced by Rebecca L Matthews
A question was asked of me: Are there any good fears? Immediately, I knew the answer. Yes. My last blog was titled Fear Displaced. It discussed how fear loses its place within us when we focus on Christ, but this question deserves a response for all to read as well. Fear, in the context of this blog, is to revere.
There are many benefits to living in this day and age. There are many comforts available. There are freedoms that allow us to be who we want to be and do what we want to do. It’s interesting to me that, along with the luxuries, haughtiness is powerfully present. The more we have, the more we feel we deserve. The higher we achieve, the poorer we treat those we feel to be less worthy. There is no reverence within to offer anyone or anything. It’s as if money, prestige, and wealth is the hierarchy of human existence. These have become the answers to many things, and yet they have brought us to a point of unintended self-importance and superiority.
In our blessings, we’re losing sight of one another as created beings. We forget that we’re all people trying to make it through, day to day. We’re failing to respect each another, let alone lift one another up. However, this observation needs to go a step deeper. Our poor behavior all stems from a lack of reverence toward God. In our enjoyment of present day living, we have become our own focus.
We act as though we are the creator rather than the created, as though we deserve what we’ve worked so hard to achieve. We treat God as though He had nothing to do with our accomplishments, and in our disregard, have grown cold to reverence.
I don’t want you to try, in your own power, to be kind to others, to appreciate what you’ve been blessed with, or to revere God who has blessed you. I simply want you to come close to Him. I pray that you choose to look to Him, focus on Him, talk to Him, get to know Him, and grow in Him.
When we are close to our Maker, when He becomes the center of our world, we can’t help but experience awe in Who He is and what He’s doing in and for our lives. Once we ask His Holy Spirit to fill us, His qualities overflow from within, bringing us to our knees in worship of His might and love. We revere Him so deeply it becomes a part of our very being. This relationship allows us to gain a respect for others that He has also created. We see what others do, we have compassion on them and their circumstances, we offer love and kindness, we notice, all through God’s eyes.
I pray that God opens our eyes and ears, not so that we live in fear of failure, but so that we can embrace fear, reverence, for Him, the Maker of heaven and earth, sea and sky, and the Creator of each one of us.
From a Child Sitting Close to The King,
Rebecca L Matthews