Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fear God or Friends with God

Q: Are we really supposed to be fearful of God? It seems to me that we should be friends with God.

A: My Webster’s Dictionary’s definition of fear contains more than one meaning. In this case it is defined ”To look upon with reverence and awe.” It doesn’t mean trembling and shaking in fear. God has enough power to move a mountain, which He created. That definitely gives me a feeling of awe! God loves each one of us with unconditional love. Because of this, I feel reverence toward Him. God is just so amazing; how could you not fear Him? Fear of God is actually one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. God wants to be your friend. Being God’s friend puts you under His protection and gives you no reason to fear (as in trembling fear) anything.