Fear is hard to describe. We know when we feel it, but rarely is it tangible enough for us to articulate it and say, “This is it.” Whether brought on by sight or sound, fear often is like a shockwave or electrical current that can paralyze the mind. Consider a healthy person who exercises daily and eats well who goes to the doctor for a routine examination only to be diagnosed with a dangerous and deadly disease. The dreaded words, “I’m sorry, but you have…” knocks his whole world upside down. Fear grips his heart like a vise and he sits stunned and confused, unable to think clearly.
The Father created us as emotional beings and gave us free will, with which we make decisions every day. Fear is so pervasive in our world that it absolutely overwhelms and dominates the lives of many people. Fear comes in many forms: fear of death, fear of life, fear of sickness and disease, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of war and violence, fear of crime, fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear of losing what we have, fear of other people finding out what we’re really like, and so on. The Book of Job says that the thing which he feared came upon him. None of these fears described originate with the Father. They stem from the prince of darkness and the twisted beliefs of fallen humanity. Who should we believe—the Father, the enemy or our own out-of-order minds?
On the opposite side we have the fear of the Lord. This is one of the seven Spirits of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is a reverential fear that arises in a heart that is in love with the Father. This fear is never forced on anyone, but faithful sons who love their Father and walk in a relationship with Him joyfully devote their lives to carrying out His purpose. Unlike worldly fear, the fear of the Lord transmits no mind-paralyzing shockwave, but rather draws people closer to the Father. As we draw closer and see Him more clearly, something surely takes place deep within our core that compels us to fall down in a prostrate paean of praise and adoration before our Father. When we walk with Him, it must be daily because we cannot live apart from Him. He holds our right hand, signifying a place of closeness, power, and authority, and reminds us lovingly of who we are in Him. The joy of His presence is beyond description. When He is with us, the possibilities for our lives become limitless, as infinite as He is!