4 August 2014
Holy fear of God sounds almost contradictory to the deep relational love that we are called into with Jesus. Scripture even says, there is no fear in love and perfect love casts out all fear.
But the holy fear of God is not the same as fear in the normal sense. The holy fear of God requires an on-going reassessment of our spiritual lives and the disposition of our hearts toward God.
When some people first come to Christ there may be a lot of passion and zeal. Great things may result from the initial passion and zeal but many Christians will experience a plateau somewhere along the road. When this zeal starts to fade, we not only need to pray for God to set our hearts alight toward Him, but we also need to learn to use the holy fear of God to keep us marching along the right path.
Like a foot soldier who begins the journey to battle with a gung-ho spirit and zest, that soldier will need time to rest and refresh every now and then, but what keeps the soldier going to the end may not always be the same gung-ho spirit and zest, but may also mature in the form of sheer determination, a resolute spirit and the experience learned along the way.
Lord Jesus, may you keep alight my flame for you, but also increase my holy fear in order to keep my feet on the right track. May i learn to put into practice the things i have learned along the way and have a steadfast spirit to finish this race. Search my heart and reveal unrighteousness in me so that i may seek your forgiveness and purification.