Do i need to fear God? – Exodus 20:18-21

“I can’t have a Facebook account. I am just 10”, said my son to his peers last week. When insisted, he further told, “my mum won’t allow. I can’t have a face book account” and didn’t budge even they laughed at him. Why wouldn’t he just go ahead and do it. Our home has wi-if and he has access to it all the time. I am not watching him either. So! “Is he afraid of me?”, I thought. What kind of fear is it? He just respected what I told him. Why I told him this ? So that I can discipline him.
Same way, should i and you be afraid of God? This question bothers many of we Christians especially when we know our God is the God of Mercy and Grace, slow to anger. God will not do us any harm. And, many of us take our God for granted thinking He will hear us when we cry. We become slack when it comes to worshiping Him and reading the word of God. And, we remember Him only in the times of trouble, when the oceans rise and thunder storms against us. So should you and I be afraid of God? Answer lies in the following verses.
Fear is not the fear of something evil but fear out of respect the way a child fears his disciplining father. “This fear is fear so that we may not sin”, answers Moses in Exodus 20:18
This fear of not doing wrong sets the discipline in our lives as the world renowned motivational speaker Jim Ron says,” Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”. And the word of God says, “Fear of Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

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Exodus 14:19-20 – God is right behind you!

Exodus 14:19-20

19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. (NIV Bible)

 

Tough times just don’t end for you, problems chase you endlessly, and enemies keep making wicked plans for you. You are tired. Can’t see God! And, you say, “God where are you?”

But, you don’t know that right then God is behind you actually. There are times when you feel as if God has withdrawn his presence from you. Just as the angel of God did for Israel when Egyptians were chasing them to the Red Sea and the pillar of cloud stood behind Israelites eclipsing Egyptian army’s view. Perhaps, today God is doing the same for you standing behind you, between you and your enemy, backing you, protecting you and shielding you. So, if you are restless, probably it is a time for you to stay still as God is going to take you much ahead of your situations!

God Bless!!