Whom to Fear

I'd encourage you to read this post by Michael Horton; I found it very helpful, encouraging, and challenging. 

Not even death threatens us because it is the “last enemy” whose claim on believers in Christ has been rendered null and void (1 Cor 15:50-57).  We care for this world not because it will be destroyed but because it will be restored (Rom 8:18-25).  Our lives are now driven outward to our neighbors instead of being turned in on ourselves.  We are fueled by freedom, not fear, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Tim 1:7).  The real headline should be, “It’s Easter!”  Indeed, each Lord’s Day we gather to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.  

When we fear God, all other fears become not manageable by human pride but subdued by the God of promise and deliverance. Like Nebuchadnezzar, we sometimes need to learn it the hard way.  But since we’re made for communion with God, the outcome justifies the hard providences.  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10) and the wisdom of God is Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30).