Think of it. Without fear, you wouldn’t have a reason to not pick up that cute little snake with the rattle. Or without fear, it would be way too easy to jump off that cliff. Or without fear, that black spider with the orange hourglass could look like a great action figure to fight your G.I. Joe with. Without fear, I bet you there would be a lot more trips to the hospital, and many more bodies in the morgue.
To a point, fear is healthy. It’s a natural warning that something is dangerous. However, you don’t want fear to control your life. That’s when it starts to take away your health/keeps you from truly living.
One of the most feared fears in America, is public speaking. In my opinion, this is a healthy fear to have. For if one did not have the fear of talking to a crowd, it wold be far easier to chat away, and take up more time than necessary. For if a crowd has gathered, sitting, listening to what you speak, then they’re giving you something valuable–their time. A gift which cannot be taken back. Therefore, the one speaking, should be returning something just as valuable.
Another healthy fear to have, is of God.
And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day (Deuteronomy 6:24).
Think of it. Yes, we shouldn’t be afraid to trust God. To surrender ourselves to Him. To come before His throne and lift up our needs to Him. To speak to Him what we truly think and feel. For God is love. He is our Father.
But samely, we should be terrified of Him!
He is the King of kings, after all. The Lord of lords. He created everything, and can end it just the same. He created snakes and spiders, sharks and volcanoes. He’s the One Who holds the whole world within His hands. He is the One who fills up our lungs with oxygen, the One Who allows food to grow. He is the One Who preserves the sun, Who tells the ocean how far it can go. HE IS GOD!
I believe a healthy fear in Him, keeps us in line. Keeps us from getting too big for our britches. Keeps us from forgetting that He is God, and we are only man. That He is the Creator. And we, are the created.