The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 75

Then the Lord said to Satan “have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1: 8, NIV).

Do you know anyone who does not have some sort of fear? Fear can cause a lot of unhealthy and unpleasant things to happen in our lives. Fear of diagnosis of a serious illness can keep one from ignoring the vital symptoms. Fear keeps us from admitting the truth because we are aware of the consequences of our behaviour. Fear of being hurt keeps us from developing deep emotional relationships. Fear of being misunderstood keeps us from stating our case. Much of our behaviour is fear motivated. Think about it! We live in a fear-ridden society. We carry insurance because we are afraid of being wiped out financially due to an illness or an accident. Many people walk around with concealed weapons today because they are afraid of being mugged. And of course, there are those who are afraid of sin because they have a morbid fear of hell. All of these are what I call unhealthy fears. It is about all these unhealthy fears that the Bible warns us repeatedly (about 364 times, I believe) “Do not fear”.

But there is also a fear that the Bible says we should have; it is a holy and reverent fear of God. The scripture before us today speaks about it. It says that Job feared God and (therefore) shunned evil. We can safely assume that it is healthy to fear the consequences of our wrongdoings. But the reason we do so is important. Let me explain.

There is no doubt that Job was fearful of the consequences of sinning. But his fear came through his knowledge of God’s own holiness, majesty, power and sovereignty. It sprang from an understanding of the very nature of God’s character. Job did not want to sin because he did not want to offend (or hurt) the One who loved Him and upon whom his very life depended. Job understood that sinning was an act against the very nature of God’s character. Job did not want to offend someone he loved. That, was his primary reason to ‘shun evil’. The right motive!

Which brings us to an important issue. Is unhealthy fear keeping you from moving ahead? Then let me encourage you to ‘cast your fears upon Him’. Jesus summed up the Ten Commandments in this fashion “Love God and love your neighbour. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.

Scripture says: ‘perfect love casts out fear’. To be rid of fear you must know God’s ‘perfect love’ first! It requires submission to His will. Are you ready?

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