Chasing Away Fear

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:27

The wisdom literature in the Bible is replete with references to the fear of the Lord. Here it is the fountain of life. In other passages it is the beginning of wisdom and still another the beginning of knowledge. It makes one wonder, “what do I fear?” 

We struggle to know what it is we fear because we don’t really understand what the Bible means with the use of that word. After all, we think of fear as something to run away from. So let’s examine it a little bit. Fear isn’t something we run from. We run because we fear. Fear is what drives us. This is how we need to think of the word. What drives you?

When you think of drive you can associate these other terms to help understand what it means to be driven. Fear will drive you to drink from something from which you hope to get life. Does it? In the midst of our “pandemic” we have been driven by fear of the virus into homes, into isolation, into masks, into vaccines and away from freedom. Not all are driven by these fears. Some have little fear of the virus and instead are driven by the fear of mission out. They fear their kids will miss an opportunity so they involve them in activities instead of worship. They fear missing time with friends so they opt for Saturday nights instead of Sunday mornings. So, what is it you fear? What is driving you?The gospel announces that the King has come. He has the power to cast out the darkness. He has the power to make the lame walk, to give sight to the blind, to open the ears of the deaf, and even to rise from the dead. On top of that, he has sent his Holy Spirit to drive out our fear of things in this world that we might embrace a life-giving fear of the Lord. He is our refuge. He is our light. He is our hope. He is our joy. So remember, 

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:27