When I was trying to wrap my head around “fearing” the Lord and “loving” the Lord, I compared it to loving our parents but fearing they would take the car keys from us. Then I finally realized I have actually always understood the fear of the Lord. The majority of my life I lived in fear of the Lord. I understood He had the power to “take those car keys” but I did not understand the LOVE of the Lord. Honestly, I would profess my love for the Lord only because I feared Him. I heard all of the stories about the wrath of God and provoking Him to anger and did not want any part of that. No way, I was going to mind my business, do my job and try to fly under God’s radar. Brilliant idea, huh?
Well, you know sometimes we have to be thrown into complete darkness before we can see the light. God may have to lift His hand of protection over us in order to save our spirit. Then again, sometimes God will actually hand us over to satan. 1 Cor. 5:5 “deliver such a one to satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” That, my friends, is why I feared the Lord…I didn’t want to be handed over! BUT, I didn’t want to serve Him either.
So I feared the Lord but was serving the world. Come to find out, satan feared God also and satan is the lord of this world. That certainly couldn’t be, could it? I would NEVER “serve satan”!! What a harsh reality. God loves us enough that He will eventually turn us over to the afflictions of the enemy in order to bring us to repentance. Not only that, He can’t wait to forgive us once we repent. God does not cause the affliction but the affliction can cause repentance.
God is faithful and long suffering. We should fear Him but we must understand His love also. He loves us enough that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross so we could be reconciled with Him. He loves us enough that He will turn us over to the afflictions of the enemy and deliver us when we come to repentance. When we accept Jesus and run back into the arms of our Saviour the enemy has no more power in our life. This is the moment we “understand” God’s love.
Luke 15:20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” God is our Father and He can’t wait to welcome home our lost souls. Praise God for His faithfulness and long suffering for this lost soul! The Lord did have compassion on me; He did run and fall on my neck and kiss me when I came back home. It is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ that has been entrusted to us and now it’s up to each of us to execute His plan for our life. Fear God’s power, accept His Son and grow in His Love. – Donna Warren