Update: I ran across another verse that might explain fearless fear, again found in The Message: Micah 6:8 “…and don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.” The rest of this verse will be my next memory verse for Siesta Scripture Memory.
As I was reading this week in Genesis 22, a verse struck me. The whole story of Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac has always haunted me. I know Abraham was credited for righteousness the amount of faith he showed that day. . .that God would provide the lamb. Indeed, He did in such a magnificent way. Meanwhile, though we have Isaac strapped to the altar, with a knife over his head and his father raising his hand to be obedient to God. And just in the nick of time, we hear God say to Abraham, “Don’t lay a hand on that boy! Don’t touch him! Now I know how fearlessly you fear God; you didn’t hesitate to place your son, your dear son, on the altar for me.” And you can almost hear God say, “I know what that will feel like. I will do it for you some day.”But The Message uses some amazing words in this verse: “I know how fearlessly you fear God.” I fear a lot of things. I know there is a popular doctrine about God being your best Buddy, but I always have been more of the old school, and revered Him as higher. He calls us friend. That’s His perogative and gift to us. I choose to call Him Father or Lord. I do know fear, but rarely fearlessly fear. I fear men, and think too highly of myself sometimes. Most of my fear involves what people think about me. But if I could practice the concept of fearlessly fearing my Lord, that would be life transforming. What does fearlessly fearing Him look like to you? What does it mean to fearlessly fear? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. I want to get this one!