What do you think of when you hear the word fear? It’s usually associated with bad feelings, but fear can be a good and bad thing. A fear that stems from horror is an unhealthy fear, but a fear that encourages us to respect is a good, healthy fear. Once we can establish the difference between the two, it can really help us thrive daily.
Judas had no respect or fear of Jesus. He betrayed him without hesitation. It didn’t cross his mind that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. I think he didn’t fear because he didn’t believe. Unbelief propelled him to act without weighing out the consequences. He didn’t think what would happen to him after he was used and the dirty work was done.
Belief and respect help us to think before we act.
If we fear burning our hands, we probably won’t touch a hot stove. If we really don’t believe it will burn us, then we’ll touch it without hesitation. It’s the same logic with the Father. If I respect Him, I’m going to try and do things that show I respect Him. On the other hand, if I have no fear of consequence, I will break laws, commands, and act disrespectful towards Him.
Our actions indicate our level of respect for the Father. We have the choice to believe or not, but it will affect everything in our life. Fear (respect) and belief go hand in hand. Believing in the power of someone will cause us to fear and respect that person. Make sure you’re fearing the right person, the Father, and not man. Ultimately our life will be defined by our belief and unbelief.
Father, help us to fear and respect You above all. Help us to believe so our respect can be in the right place. There is no god like You. We want to have a healthy fear of You so we make wise choices. Our actions will show where our belief and fear lie. May our actions show that we believe in You and respect You. Forgive us for putting trust in anyone or anything. Show us when we begin to trust anyone or anything more than You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.