The “Ungodly” fear of God

In Proverbs we are told that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom! This is very true.

Having a godly fear of Him who created you, will spur you towards holiness, right decisions and yes, wisdom!

Even when we sin, a holy fear of God’s wrath will draw us to the Saviour who forgives and Who has become our righteousness.

It was the fear of God that moved David to repentance after his sin with Bathsheba. It was the fear of God that moved the population of Nineveh to turn back to God. The fear of God is healthy!

And yet, there is an unhealthy (or an ungodly) way of fearing God. We see it in the story of Adam and Eve… “ I heard you coming and I was afraid…so I hid”.

We also read the parable of the wicked servant who was afraid of his master, so he hid the money underground…and did not invest it!

Let us not mistake the godly fear of God, from the ungodly counterfeit. May the fear of God draw us to Him and His Son for communion. Rather than keep us with the pigs in rebellion.

Afterthought: In Paul’s letters to the Corinthians he describes two kinds of sorrow. Godly sorrow which leads to repentance and ungodly sorrow.

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