Godly Fear vs. Worldly Fear

By S.E. Miller

In Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms, Author Max Lucado noted sheep need protection from adders. Adders are small brown snakes that live underground, they pop out of the ground to bite the sheep on the nose. The small bite on the nose will cause an infection and the sheep may die. To prevent the adder from popping out of the hole the shepherd anoints the hole with oil to prevent the snake from climbing out! He can’t climb out but slides back into the hole.

When we remain under the shepherds care he prevents the serpent (that ole devil) from sliding out of his hole! He can’t get to us, to bite us.

In John chapter seventeen, Jesus prayed for his disciples, asking God to protect them from Satan, the evil one (John 17:15).

Notice Jesus said He was not praying for those in the world. He was only praying for those God had given Him (John 17:9). Those God gave Him received His words and believed He came from God (John 17:8).

Yes, God will protect us from adders. As we look around and see the world in turmoil, certain fears will attack us.  But we are told “Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.” (Isaiah 8:12)

We are told not to fear what the world fears nor dread what they dread. However, we are told  to fear the Lord instead!

To fear God is to respect or revere Him. Solomon said, “The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” Proverbs 19:23

If we fear the Lord and follow the Good Shepherd we should fear no evil (Psalms 23:4)! For He has given us angels, to keep us in all our ways (Psalms 91:11).

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