To not have fear is either stupidity, insanity, and or ignorance. We think that courage is the lack of fear when in reality courage is not the lack of fear but in the midst of it, choosing to do the right thing. For you do not need courage when there is no fear
Today’s passage tells us an aspect of fear in the spiritual realm and how I believe that when we have a right view of fear and especially the fear of God, then we will not only close the doors to judgment but keep the doors of blessing open.
WHEN LACK OF FEAR LEADS TO STUBBORN AND REBELLIOUS HEARTS
FEAR OF GOD IS AN OPEN DOOR TO BLESSING, LACK OF IT A DOOR OF JUDGMENT
They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives the rain it its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.’ Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you. (v.24-25)
The fear of God is not oppressive.
The fear of God opens doors for opportunities.
The fear God helps us walk away from iniquity (sin) because what we see to be the highest value of fear is actually the thing that will capture our attention the most. For instance, if you were in a room with a ferocious lion and a pitbull, which one will have your attention more? Exactly! Therefore, if God is not feared, He does not have our attention and that leaves room for our attention to be snatched up by something else. The Israelites lack of fear of God turned them away from God, which closed the door of blessing and only opened the door of judgment. (See v.29)
THE WICKED ARE SPRINTERS WHILE THE RIGHTEOUS MARATHON RUNNERS
Our decisions are either opening doors or closing doors and how we choose will determine what they are. If we keep the fear of God forever present before us then we will find that the doors that truly matter and truly bless will be opened so therefore as I have said before, CHOOSE wisely by choosing God!