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“Get the Fear of God”

August 21st, 2005

Our 2005 Fall Semester Theme …

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

(Hebrews 12:28)

The French have had a long standing concept in their culture, stemming from the saying, Laissez faire, laissez passer – “No interference, and complete freedom of movement.” Though this is traceable to Francois Quesnay’s 18th century view against governmental interference, it is by no means limited to government or French culture. Mankind, in general, when strayed from the God that made them, have invariably taken on this attitude of non-interference and come what may. The Bible is full of examples which verify this statement, from Cain to Diotrephes (1 John 3:12; 3 John 9).
But, the Hebrew writer does not allow this “leave me alone!” attitude to be applied merely to bad people. Oh no, he is careful to warn the entire church against this uncooperative and independent spirit which virtually banishes the Lord God and his church. Hebrews 12:25 reads: “See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.”
God does not want to leave us alone (compare Hebrews 13:5). Get the fear of God in your life. Begin with fear, and end with fear (Prov. 1:7; Eccl. 12:13). And, then, you will have no fear; by the living word of him who said, “Fear not, for I am with you” (Isa. 41:10; Ps. 23:4; 27:1; 2 Tim. 1;7; 1 Jn. 4:18; Rev. 2:10).

-Robert M. Housby

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