308. The Fear of God

The fear of the Lord is as unpopular a topic these days as the consequences of sin and eternal damnation. But the Bible says it’s the beginning of wisdom and leads us to life.

To me, the fear of God is like a stoplight that protects me from danger, or a bumper guard on a bowling alley that keeps my ball out of the gutter, or a life jacket that prevents me from drowning in stormy waters.

For those living in depression or other dark places, the fear of the Lord can keep them focused on the promises of God as they obey Him. We’re not to give in to wallowing in self-pity or blaming God for our affliction. We’re to trust in the One who can bring us out of the darkness and keep us safe while we’re in it. As Job said, “Though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him.” That’s the prayer of a God-fearing man.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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One Response to 308. The Fear of God

  1. Robert Farquhar says:

    This is an excellent way to view the benefits of “fearing The Lord”. Well said.

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