Halloween is this Thursday, so we will be hearing a lot about trick or treat and ghosts and goblins. Growing up I had a fear of vampires, I would have been better off if I feared God.
The Old Testament mentioned several times how we are called to fear God. For years I have struggled with the concept of fearing God. God wants us to fear Him but also love Him. It did not make sense. How could fear and love go together?
I think for many of us we would rather talk about the gentle God of the New Testament. We need to remember the God of the Old and New Testament are one in the same. God is “The same yesterday and today and forever.”
In the book of Exodus (20:20) Moses told the people the fear of God would keep them from sinning. Sin can lead to disaster. The only good thing to come out of sin is repentance.
Have a happy Halloween and may we all fear God because “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10