What Are You Afraid Of?

Thank you to those of you who turned in questions. I got about 15 cards with about 30 questions that were all over the map, or should I say all over the Bible. Some were topics, some were issues of our day, some were specific passages of Scripture or single texts of Scripture. This evening we will focus on one of those texts, one that is bigger than we might first think. Let me begin asking you, what are you afraid of? We all have fears or phobias. Phobias typically fall within five general categories: • fears related to animals (spiders, snakes, insects, rodents, Suriphobia- fear of mice) • fears related to the natural environment (heights, thunder, darkness) • fears related to blood, injury, or medical issues (injections, broken bones, falls, dentist) • fears related to specific situations (flying, riding an elevator, speaking in public, crowds) • other (choking, loud noises, drowning) • today social media has created some more related to being alone, being disconnected. I came across a couple I had never heard of before: pogonophobia, fear of beards Pentheraphobia- Fear of mother-in-law. (Greek penthera-mother in law) There is even a fear a duck is watching you Most of us think of fear as something we want to get rid of, it is a negative thing, not something we want more of. For some of us the fear of the Lord is a negative thing. Maybe we grew up afraid of God, afraid of going to hell, afraid of God’s punishment for our sin, that He would make our lives miserable. If we grew up in a home with a very strict and severe father, who was demanding, punishing, one we could never please, one who never expressing love or compassion then we would view God the same way. We learned no sense of God’s love and grace and mercy. But sometimes someone will say about a person, he is a God-fearing man. When we hear that we think of it as positive, it is saying something good about that person and the way they live. What does that mean? Scripture has a lot to say about the fear of the Lord and the wisdom of fearing the Lord.