Where is your hope? What do you fear?
On a talk radio program a fellow called in complaining that the host
was simply trying to scare people with his fiscal dooms-day rhetoric.
The caller began quoting statistics and reports that pointed to a
recovering economy while the host reminded him of things that had not
improved which left things completely unstable. They agreed on what
they feared; what they disagreed on was the subject of hope.
I disagree with them on both counts…
Psalm 33:18,19 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death…”
When you fear the Lord you soon find out there is really nothing else
to fear. Not that we are not afraid sometimes but because of where
our hope lies we know it is foolishness.
Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.”
There is really little or nothing we can do about those other things
we fear. But fear of the Lord brings about obedience. And when you
walk in obedience to the Word of God what you fear about Him is no
longer directed at you. Instead, His loving comfort drowns out the
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out
fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not
perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us.”
The phrase “Fear Not” is used over three hundred times in scripture.
I think God means it. Jesus warned in Matthew 10:28 “Do not fear
those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather
fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Fear
of the Lord is not a crippling psychosis, but a light which leads us
Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good
understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise
When you fear God your hope shifts from this world to the next.
Statistics, numbers, and campaign promises are interesting but no
longer can they reach us at our core or shake our confidence. The
threat of a coming national or global crisis becomes a thing of awe
when it is seen in the light of prophetic scripture. Our hope is
suddenly catapulted to the promises beyond the coming storm. When
prophecy reveals frightening truth about this world it simultaneously
offers up the announcement of the world yet to come.
When we fear the Lord with a healthy reverence we become partakers in
the hope of His salvation. If you are afraid you do not know His love!
The coming year is full of hope and Good News because of Jesus Christ.
Because He forewarned of perilous times we also have hope in the
coming Kingdom. Be blessed when others tremble for your salvation is
close at hand. Share with others the promise of a fearless life for
those who fear God.