You don’t hear many people these days talking about the “fear of the Lord.” Yet, the idea is found throughout the Bible.
Most people will go to great lengths to avoid fear. This is particularly true when the object of that fear is the all-knowing, all-powerful God.
The Gospel of Mark (4:35-5:43) provides some insight into the fear of the Lord through a series of stories from Jesus’s early ministry. In these stories, we also find out how some, like the disciples, a woman in the crowd, and a ruler of the local synagogue, can both fear the Lord and follow Him. The idea can be seen in the following lines from the popular hymn, “Amazing Grace”
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
I preached the following message entitled “Do Not Fear, Only Believe” at Good News Presbyterian Church, 13 August 2013.
Grace and peace,