“His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him.” –Luke 1:50 (CSB)
Have you thought much about what it really means to fear God and have faith in Him? It is quite mind boggling in some ways yet very simple at its core. God through His amazing grace expects us to have fear, but that fear is meant to drive us to great faith.
Luke 1:50 uses the words, “those who fear him.” This is an Old Testament term that is equivalent to the New Testament idea of faith. Fear of God is faith in God. The meaning of fear is simply, “Reverent, humble obedience that seeks to please God.”
Think of Mary when the angel Gabriel comes to her and tells her that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus. The bible says that she was greatly troubled, fearful, and scared. But what does Gabriel tell her. “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” After some discussion with Gabriel about how all this will come to be Mary turns from a fear that is frightened and scared to a fear that God can use. She says to Gabriel, “I am the Lords servant. may it be done to me according to your word.” Mary’s fear has turned into a reverent, humble obedience that seeks to please God. That kind of fear builds faith in God.
In this season of advent may we be working on our faith building. May God instill in our hearts the type of fear that develops reverent, humble obedience that seeks to please Him. AMEN!!
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his faithful love
toward those who fear him. –Psalms 103:11 (CSB)