“The word walk is used in the Bible to express the character of a person— “…John…looking at Jesus as He walked…said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ ” (John 1:35-36). There is nothing abstract or obscure in the Bible; everything is vivid and real. God does not say, “Be spiritual,” but He says, “Walk before Me…” (Genesis 17:1).” Oswald Chambers
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.” Psalm 147:11
The phrase “fear not” appears approximately seventy-five times in the Old Testament, always in reference to temporal circumstances. God’s people are taught to fear Him and only Him. “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”117 Fear is not just an emotion that paralyses. Rather it has the element of understanding and reason that is the product of
You fear in the direction of your hope. Only those who have no hope have no fear. In Camus’ The Stranger, the man does not fear death because, as an existentialist, he sees no reason for existence and thus no reason to live. Such people are rare in life. You live in an environment that constantly threatens your hope, whatever the object of that hope may be. You fear that which you perceive to threaten your hope. Because you fear in the direction of your hope, you can easily determine the object of your hope by what you fear. You come home from work and your child meets you at the door and says, “I just returned from the doctor and he says that I have terminal cancer with less than six months to live.” Terror grips your soul. You just identified your hope.
Jesus says, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” 118 In other words, fear God rather than your temporal wellbeing. If you say that you have no fear of God, you are doomed to live in fear of your circumstances. Fear in this life can only be eliminated by fearing God.
117 Psalm 34:11
Deuteronomy 13-15 Mark 12:28-44 (New King James Version)
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