Fear of God by Nathan Brooks

The following message is from Nathan Brooks, a good friend of ours from Iowa. I felt Nathan's message would be a blessing to most.

Francis

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During times of shaking, fear becomes a close companion. Fear is primal. Some part of us, normally dormant, wakes up as we feel like our world was just totally reoriented, and we have lost whatever measure of control we thought we had.

There is something the scriptures call "The Fear of God," and it is similar yet also very different. It is actually the antidote to the fear we feel when our world is shaking. God is a Father first, so His kingdom is a family, not a governmental institution that He runs from a distance. His Kingdom is intensely personal. It becomes so personal in fact, there are moments with Him where He pulls the curtain back a tiny bit, and we perceive just a sliver of who it is we are dealing with. Every cell in our body stands at full alert, and there is a sudden awareness that our next breath is held in the mind of this uncreated, supremely authoritative being we call "Father." This fear of God comes with a strange peace and has the capacity to carry us through times of shaking.

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water." Revelation 14:6-7

The same man that wrote that also wrote this:

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18


The apostle John wasn't confused. Fearing God coexists with love quite easily because it isn't focused on being punished. It is focused on allowing an awe of God to take up more space in our minds than what is happening around us. The absence of this fear is what eventually brings judgment, and that comes after a prolonged period where people live as if they are the center of the universe.

The point of the fear of God is simply to reorient our perception, with Him at the center. Far from being condemning, this awareness breathes life into us. It is a fear that draws us to Him. There is no guilt or shame that rides in on the back of it. It is a very freeing thing to discover we weren’t made to be the Sun; we were made to circle it - that’s the point.

The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever Psalm 19:8-9

It is clean the same way breathing air from a mountain view is clean. Most of the time the "air" on the inside of me feels like the air in a college dorm room rather than mountain air. In His presence, inner conflicts, knots and anxieties dissipate as we feel our entire being orient itself toward Him, and we are filled with new breath. It feels right - clean. This is the effect His nearness has on everything He has created, and to interact with Him is to have life infused into us. As Jesus said, "If your eye is single, then your whole body will be filled with light."

Living close to Him slowly changes us into looking more and more like Him, and this is what you were born for. You were created in His image. You were created to be a living picture of who He is. This is why God hates what the scriptures call "idols," which are humanity’s attempt at fashioning an image of God. An image is meant to point to the reality, and God hates the images we construct because He already made one - You.

The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. Psalms 111:10
It is the beginning of wisdom because, in the fear of Him, we lose our fear of pretty much everything else. Whatever it is, it doesn't compare to who we were just in the presence of. Sometimes God allows things to shake in order to reveal what doesn’t, and it is also a very freeing thing to discover ground that doesn’t shake.