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