Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Fear and the Trembling

Tuesday March 21, 2017

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” 

-The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

Dune, Frank Herbert

"If you fear death, you are already dead."

~Bushido (Way of the Samurai)

     "Fear" appears 68 times in the NIV New Testament, and 268 times in the Old. The biblical use of the word can be confusing, since its meaning is twofold. To fear the Lord is to obey Him, to follow Him, to be a proper witness to His holiness, and to keep His commandments. It implies having a correct vertical relationship with God, characterized by reverential awe as well as by love and worship. In this sense, fear is positive and beneficial. It is attentiveness, loyalty, the willingness and ability to walk in His ways-- holy fear. The other meaning of biblical fear isn't positive or beneficial: the ordinary apprehension of danger coupled with the inborn aversion to suffering-- carnal fear. You and I will be tested by the latter during our walk in the former. What else is there to sustain us in the Valley of the Shadow of Death but the fear of the Lord? And by Whose design are we to negoitate such places? Tell me, if you can, why every hero that ever lived has been purified in the furnace of affliction before achieving greatness? The fear of the Lord calls to us from the other side our own human fears. Holy fear is didactic, life-giving, and those who embrace it go on to be supernaturally empowered to do whatever God calls on them to do. Since the flesh is always resisting the spirit, carnal fear can manifest as a worldly hatred of God, His church, and His ways. Holy fear says yes where carnal fear says no. Answering the call to holiness and relationship is something we do with our carnal fears struggling against it every step of the way, every day of our lives, no matter who we are. 

     "... Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me ..."

     ~Psalm 23      

     Part of the 23rd psalm involves us "girding up" our carnal fears in the fear of the Lord (our strength) so that we can do what is right. Having the courage of our convictions far exceeds being comfortable with danger when others aren't. Being able to face danger cannot compare to being able to do what is right ... in that moment. The moment in which we are able to do the will of God is the Kairos Moment, which is as evanescent as smoke or vapor, yet will exist long after the heat-death of the universe. Kairos moments are folded into the illuminated vellum page of eternity. God wills that we should have them and know them for what they are, so they ultimately rest in His hand. 
Chronos moments belong to the Grim Reaper, to the eater of all earthly things. In Matthew 16 the red-letter words of Christ read: "Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Jesus says not to worry, because it doesn't add to our lives. And yet we worry because not having a care in the world is the sign of a child or an imbecile. All our carnal fears are born of this world according to its transient nature. Our carnal fears are valuable in that they can nudge us into the light according to God's purpose. 




5 Critical Truths For Following God in "Kairos" Momentshttp://www.jdgreear.com/my_weblog/2012/10/5-crucial-truths-for-following-god-in-kairos-moments.html/comment-page-1

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