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

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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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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