Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:18 NRSV
What do you fear? I mean, truly fear. I am not talking about a bad hair day but your deepest darkest fears. I sat down one day and wrote on all my fears. I listed three top fears and journaled about what they had in common. The common denominator of my fears? Complete and total loss of control.
Interesting that I have been told again and again to give God control over my life, to surrender all, to give up my will for God's will. Hmmm...wonder why I resist this? Could it be that I don't want to give up control to God because the total loss of control is my greatest fear?
Maybe this is also a clue for me about the fear of God in the Bible. This verse of Psalm 33 reminds us of the hope, deliverance and life offered by the one that we are to fear. If I give myself completely to God, I will be giving into my fears. This is fearing God, I think. But the Psalm reminds me that God offers me things so that I don't really have to fear: hope, deliverance and life. I would like to have those things. But I'm still trying to keep control.
If you listed your greatest fears, what would be the absolute fear for you?
God, you want us to surrender. You want us to give up our greatest fear. You want to give us hope, deliverance and live. Help us, Lord! In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims