"He answered, 'I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.'"
The first instance of fear in the Bible follows the first instance of sin; the connection is clear. The root of all fear is alienation from God, and the root of alienation from God is sin. If we walked with God as Adam did before the fall, if we had perfect fellowship with Him, there would be nothing in the universe we would have reason to fear. The Lord is sovereign over all; with Him at our side, fear would make no sense, right? Without Him, though, we have good reason to be afraid. Fears about finances and our futures, death and destruction, the evils of this world… they all can overwhelm us. We may even fear God Himself.
But praise God He did not leave Adam (or us!) as He found him! He promised a Savior, One who would crush the head of the serpent that had tempted Adam and Eve to sin. That Savior is Jesus Christ, and He died in our place for our sins, defeating sin and death. Living in Christ means that He is indeed at our side, and because of that, we need not fear the storms that rage through this life.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD - A HOLY AWE OF HIM - IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM, AND HE WILL LOVE US BACK INTO FELLOWSHIP WITH HIMSELF.
Bible In A Year
- 1 Kings 6-7
- Proverbs 2