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In Awe of God

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June 23, 2024 8:00 pm

In Awe of God

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June 23, 2024 8:00 pm

A phobia is defined as the “irrational fear” of certain things or situations. Arachnophobia is a fear of spiders (though some might argue that’s a perfectly rational thing to be afraid of!). Then there’s globophobia and xocolatophobia. These and some four hundred other phobias are real and documented. It seems we can become afraid of most anything.

The Bible tells of the Israelites’ fear after receiving the Ten Commandments: “When the people saw the thunder and lightning . . . they trembled in fear” (Exodus 20:18). Moses comforted them, offering this most interesting statement: “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you” (v. 20). Moses seems to contradict himself: “Don’t be afraid but be afraid.” In fact, the Hebrew word for “fear” contains two meanings—a trembling terror of something or a reverent awe of God.

We may laugh to learn that globophobia is the fear of balloons and xocolatophobia is a fear of chocolate. The more serious bottom line about phobias is that we can be afraid of all kinds of things. Fears creep into our lives like spiders, and the world can be a scary place. As we struggle with phobias and fears, we do well to be reminded that our God is an awesome God, offering us his present comfort in the midst of darkness.

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Thanks for joining me for today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

Our reading titled In Awe of God was written by Kenneth Peterson. A phobia is defined as the irrational fear of certain things or situations. Arachnophobia is a fear of spiders, though some might argue that's a perfectly rational thing to be afraid of. Then there's globophobia and chocolatophobia.

These and some 400 other phobias are real and documented. It seems we can become afraid of most anything. The Bible, in Exodus 20, tells of the Israelites' fear after receiving the Ten Commandments. When the people saw the thunder and lightning, they trembled with fear. Moses comforted them, offering this most interesting statement, Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you.

Moses seems to contradict himself. Don't be afraid, but be afraid. In fact, the Hebrew word for fear contains at least two meanings, a trembling terror of something or a reverent awe of God. We may laugh to learn that globophobia is the fear of balloons, and chocolatophobia is a fear of chocolate. The more serious bottom line about phobias is that we can be afraid of all kinds of things.

Fears creep into our lives like spiders, and the world can be a scary place. As we struggle with phobias and fears, we do well to be reminded that our God is an awesome God, offering us His present comfort in the midst of darkness. The scripture reading for today's devotional from Our Daily Bread is Exodus chapter 20, verses 18 through 21. When the people saw the thunder and lightning, and heard the trumpet, and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, Speak to us yourself and we will listen, but do not have God speak to us or we will die. Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.

The people remained at a distance while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. Would you pray with me? Dear Heavenly Father, if we are honest, we are fearful about so many things. Please ease our fears and remind us that You have us in the palm of Your hand to help us, to comfort us. Remind us to rest in Your love. Thank You, Lord. It is in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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