A Meditation: On Exodus 20:20 // The Fear Of God //

by Matheus Yuhlung

‘Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”’ – Exodus 20:20

Have you ever wonder why God who himself is the image of love would ever demand to be feared? It is because the fear of God does not actually mean fearing God; but fearing sin and the consequences of it.

Steve Fernandez wrote:

A woman’s view of Black Widow spiders will never be changed by bringing them closer to her or giving her more information about them. Neither will man’s view of God change by simply exposing him to truth. There must be regeneration: a mighty recreating of his root desires and nature.[i]

So it is for this reason i.e. the recreation of a man’s root desires and nature that fear is employed to work as a catalyst that would facilitate a soul’s sojourning towards its creator. Fear in this context can be seen as the fear a man has for fire; who was once severely burned by it. The man’s fear here is not the fear of fire but the fear of getting burned.

Hence, whenever you face an element of fear next time – it does not necessarily mean chastisement but a process of sanctification; the way He recreates your heart that it would despise sin and crave righteousness.

[i] Once Saved, Always Changed