Devotions for a Sacred Marriage 2012

The Gift of Fear

I feared the anger and the wrath of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 9:19

Do you remember never looking under the bed at night and being afraid to even look at the closet door for fear it would open.  These were real feelings.  Let’s make it not so scary.  Remember the fear of disappointing your parent and the fear of what would happen “if they found out”

God is gracious-yes! God is merciful-absolutely! God is kind and good and loving and caring – no doubt!.  BUT it is still a fearful thing to offend God, to fall into his holy hands, for he is a just God with the power and might and will to carry out judgments against those who offend him. 

I think something mature Christian’s do (Steve Sr.) is we lose our fear when we become so called mature Christian’s.  I am not afraid to look under the bed at night or open the closed door at night because now I am mature.   I so want my fear of God to cause those inner quivers of fear to actually cause outward expressions. 

It was many years ago when Beverly was moving back from Palm Beach Atlantic. Steven and I were driving a rental truck with all the stuff from Bev’s apartment. It started to rain and storm as we were driving back to Fort Myers. I asked Steven who do you fear more God or this storm? He sat there and was thinking about the question when all of the sudden a bolt of lightning and the unbelievable loud boom of thunder rocked the truck.  Steven shouted out God its God I fear more than this storm that is what I was thinking and going to say. 

The best gift you can give your spouse is to fear the God who made both of you.  That is truly a gift that keeps on giving. 

Do you Fear God??


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2 thoughts on “The Gift of Fear

  1. I fear God, not fear of His judgment but in light of how other, and awesome He is. I like how whenever an angel comes on the scene in the bible, the first thing they have to say is, “do not be afraid.” And that’s just an angel, a created being. Can you imagine God showing up!? When I think fear of God, i think awe inspiring reference, honor, unworthiness, not judgment condemnation or harm.

    I also know that God loves Gabrielle a whole lot. Probably more than me. And if I screw around, treat her bad, or don’t take care of her. He’ll step in and take care of His girl by taking care of me. Bible says he won’t listen to me if I don’t take care of her.

    “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” 1 Peter 3:7

  2. Don’t know how I missed reading this. I think it is going to be a life-long struggle to take the emphasis off of my own “self-help” mindset and focus on the holiness and majesty of God.

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