Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
What would be a good portrait of fear? I guess that depends on how you describe that fear. When I worked in the warehouse, we had storage racks with skids of boxes on them. Once while working on one side of the racks, I saw another guy getting ready to reach into the area I was already in from the other side of that rack. When he bent down and reached in I made a growling sound like a mad dog. He jumped back, and let out a high-pitched scream. That might be what many picture as fear. However, many times at church, I will see people bending a knee in prayer to the Lord, or lifting their voices in praise to Him in song. This is also a picture of fear.
In Joshua 24:14 Joshua tells the people; “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.” This verse tells us how to fear the Lord. We should not live afraid of a loving God. However, we should have a reverent respect of who He is and His authority. I’m not afraid of walking near a semi-truck, but I don’t stand in front of one going 60 MPH. Joshua says, serve God with sincerity and truth. That means willingly. Because you want to, not because you have to. He also said put away all other gods. You can’t serve the world and God. The portrait becomes very clear with; “Serve ye the LORD.”
The portrait of fear that the world needs to see is an undivided Holy respect for this awesome loving God. Respect for His word by living it out. Respect for our worship with adoration for His love through Christ.
What portrait of love for a Holy God does the world see through you?
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