Fear God Alone
This video contains: Pastor's prayer (00:00); Andy's video (01:52); Praise and Worship (03:07); Skit (12:00); Missionary video (14:38); Teacher video (20:08); Activity intro (25:45)
“He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” This verse from Isaiah 33:6 is a promise that gives us a glimpse into all the wonderful treasures that are in store for us as we study God’s Word this VBS.
Today’s lesson focuses on “The fear of God”, and what that really means. So, is fear a good or a bad thing? Let’s start with a story of a lady who had absolutely no fears at all. She was studied and tested by researchers, who found that this was true. It may seem cool that she wasn’t afraid of snakes or of spending nights in a spooky house all by herself, or of walking down dark alleys by herself. Even when she got mugged, she kept walking down dark streets, because she had no fear. Her fearlessness didn’t protect her from danger.
Psalm 33:6 says, “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth”. Just by speaking, God brought the heavens and the earth into existence! Verse 8 says, “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world stand in awe of him.”
Let’s see if these verses help us answer the question, “Should God be feared?” God wasn’t just there at the beginning, creating the world, he IS the beginning. Just by the power of his word, he created the heavens and the earth. He created us and we are his. In response to his greatness, we bow down, amazed, awe struck by his power and might. That’s what fearing God means, to be filled with awe at how amazing he is. God is more than amazing he is Sovereign. Would you fear a king? Would you dare disobey a king? No! Because you are subject to his splendor, power and control. If we hold an earthly king in such awe and fear, how could we possibly respond to the King of kings and Lord of lords if not with love, fear, reverence and worship. We can’t help but worship, praise, and fear him.
When we believe that God is the Beginning, we also believe that he is the End, and he will be there at the end of our lives, judging us. Does that sound harsh, or unfair? Sometimes, because God is so patient and loving, we may take him for granted, even treating him lightly. Let’s consider our own parents, who love us and take care of us. They have certain rules and standards that they expect us to follow, don’t they? That is only fair. When God created the universe, he put in place certain rules/standards for us to live by. If we deliberately break those rules and standards, we will face his judgement.
We deserve God’s judgment for our sins and wrong doings. But Jesus, by his death on the cross, faced God’s judgment for us. By this, he brought us into a relationship with a loving but holy God. As we grow in our knowledge and fear of him, let us draw closer to him, recognizing His greatness and giving him authority over our lives.
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