יִרְאָה   yirah - awe, reverence

פַּ֫חַד pachad - dread

“..know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.” (Ecclesiastes 3:14-15)

Who cannot but fear (state of reverence – yirah) who have a clear relationship with the Holy One of Israel? Even those who purposefully have rebelled may revere Him, without accepting His Grace, and without having armed themselves against the enemy and the way of the world -

In the Physical Realm a core fear erupts because we cannot see or control the future, we dread failure, our job status, and lack of money-food-warmth. The future is unknown to us, even when we think we have control and can see tomorrow’s event(s). It is also a fear that we can do something about.

God has the answer for that, our Lord provided the solution.  We always have means of escape (from fear - dread) as followers of the Lord. 

I read once  … “A wise man has said, "Fear knocked on the door. Faith answered, and no one was there.”

And we can remember the words of the Lord Jesus when He appeared to His disciples after the resurrection which were: “Shalom Aleichem” – peace be upon you. Is that not what the Lord wants for us as His followers?  Is that not His offer?

The difference in fear as in Reverence versus Dread is the difference between believing and trusting God, versus rebellion and fear of the consequences. Even things we may have done well in the past, we may fear His wrath (in the sense of dread).

Knowing that only One is in control – the Lord God –the beginning and end to fear. If we are in a loving secure relationship with the Lord God, we have no fear (as in dread) since He is in control and we can base everything on that.  Consider that the only real security, only real self-sufficiency we can truly have is in the All Powerful-All-Knowing and All Loving Living God.

 

How do you experience "fear" (as in dread)?  Do you recognize it s not from God the father or the Messiah?  The legitimate fear we as believers experience is the yirah fear of that Great God who has fetched us out of the pit of distruction.

If you do not know God or the Messiah Jesus, then fear is akin to dread that would be appropriate and even essential.

Do you fear (dread) as a believer, then it is not of God.  Seek wisdom in the word.

Do you fear without having made the step of faith in proclaiming Jesus the Messiah and Savior, then ask yourself "how can that be" with eternity in the balance.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. .."  (Matthew 11:28)

Submitted by AJ Gross, Calvary Chapel Valley Springs

 
 
Pastor Art Phinney. Committed his life to Jesus Christ at age 27. Grew in his faith through age 33. Served the Lord in pastoral ministry in an assisting capacity from age 33-35. Attended 2 years school of ministry Costa Mesa California. 1996-1998. Began as senior pastor CCVS 1999.
 
 Art Gross
 
Art Gross ("AJ") has been in the military, worked in law enforcement, Higher Ed, and I.T. He has been an "elder" at CCVS for about two years now and serves the Lord at CCVS and in his day to day life. He is also attending the School of Pastoral Ministry while working as a Project Manager for a large financial institution.