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Don't Be Scared

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Many Christians often find themselves questioning the meaning behind certain biblical verses, and one such verse that often elicits confusion is the concept of fearing God. Does it mean that we should be afraid of God? Should we succumb to feelings of fear when thinking about Him? The answer lies in the ancient Hebrew language, which is still spoken today after thousands of years. This language is so rich that it defies simple translation into English, which has a limited vocabulary. The word "Yira," for instance, is often translated as "fear" in English, but this translation does not capture the full essence of the original word. In Hebrew, "Yira" encompasses a sense of awe, reverence, respect, and even wonder - a combination of emotions that can only lead to worship.

So, when I’m out hiking and I come across a massive mountain that just blows me away with its sheer size and beauty, I can’t help but feel all kinds of awe. I find myself blurting out things like “Wow, that’s beautiful!” and “Thank you, Lord” without even thinking. Later on, as I’m processing this experience, I start pondering, "Who created this amazing sight?" It hits me how small I am in comparison and how God is way bigger than any problems I might be facing. It’s moments like these in nature that remind me of the wonder around us and the greater power at play in our lives.

The Bible employs the term "fear" not to denote a negative emotion, but rather to convey the nearest emotion we experience when we encounter something significant. This could be in the form of a challenging situation, such as a health issue, financial crisis, or emotional turmoil. Furthermore, it is also asserting that we are greater than any of these obstacles. challenges in your life. And when we are able to think and feel this way now God is giving us KNOWLEDGE. Knowledge in the Bible are facts and truth.

Jesus Christ summarizes this for us in John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.”

Worship is rooted in the fear of the Lord. Through worship, we gain knowledge of Him and are granted the revelation that He is greater than our problems and has the power to deliver us. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of truth, the way, and the life.

Worship God, fear fades away. When you worship God, earthly worries don't bother you as much. It's like having a solid confidence boost in everything you do. #proverbsaday #christianinspiration

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