by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Readings: Revelation 15:1-8; Psalms 143:1-12
READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Revelation 15:4 “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Many of us know what “fear” means. For some of us, it is the fear of losing our family. How can we live the same, if our loved ones were to leave us? For some, it is the fear of losing our wealth and possessions; the lost of hand phones has created a form of trepidation that had never been felt before. For some, it is the fear of losing what we have built as our “empires” and even status over many years. Yet, even as we know the idea of “fear” and being “God-fearing”, we might not be as fearful of God as we are of losing the things of this world.
As a young believer, I had a difficult time understanding what it means to fear God. Is God intentionally “scary” so that we can fear Him? Or is God to be feared because He alone is worthy of worship? How can “fear” be defined in the context of our Abba Father? As time goes, I came to understand that being God-fearing has a lot to do with obedience, grace and love. I learn to fear the Lord not only because He can send me to eternal condemnation; which I am all deserving. I learn to fear the Lord because in spite of His greatness; He has chosen to save and love one so sinful. My fear of God arises out of my desire to worship Him and in reverence of His Almighty power. My fear arises out of the deep conviction that He is my Creator and has by grace gave His life for me. This is a God who is totally worthy of my fear and worship.
Lord, teach us more on how to fear You and not let the world pull us from honouring You and worshipping You as the One and Only. Amen.