Focusing on God - Part One | Devotions to Produce Spiritual Growth
with Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain
Do we have a healthy fear of the Lord or do we suffer from an unhealthy fear that stems from our circumstances? Do we truly know what it means to fear God? In Psalm 25:12, we read… “Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.” In other words…the one, who fears the Lord, becomes the one who longs to follow through with God’s plan for their life…no matter what may enter their life.
The fear that we have for God, is very different than the fear we have, while facing difficult moments of adversity. When we fear our problems, this kind of fear only opens up other doors, which only allows Satan to add more fuel to a fire that is already burning but when we have a healthy fear of God, then this kind of fear allows us to connect with God, in a way that will allow us to rise above these difficult moments of trial.
How can we hear the voice of God and know His complete plan for our lives, if we are more in touch, with the fear that stems from our problems. When we fear our circumstances, then it’s as if we have been brought to a complete halt, while we continue to sink deeper in the muck and mire of despair. The only way we are going to be able to rise above these difficult moments, is when we take our focus away from the negative feelings and responses that come from our circumstances and begin to fear the ways of a strong and mighty God, as we long to follow Him, rather than the circumstance that’s attempting to lead us further, into a deep pit of despair.
When we fear…what may be the outcome of a circumstance, then we have allowed evil to disable us and keep us from pressing on. We need to get an attitude towards evil and allow the negative fear, to turn into a positive fear of the Lord. We need to realize that we will never be able to view the steps ahead of us, if we are caught within a dense fog of fear and other negative feelings.
No matter what we may be facing today, we must remember that when we fear the circumstance; then that kind of fear will only keep us out of commission with God. We need to get up each morning and begin our day, with a healthy fear of the Lord and when we choose to fear God’s ways, rather than the enticing words of a circumstance; that is when we will begin to experience peace…even in the midst of a trying moment.