Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Eccl. 12:13).
READ: Luke 12:4-5
“But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him” (Luke 12:5).
Apart from being identified by the company he keeps and the source of his counsel, a wise person is identified by what he fears. After commanding you to ‘Fear not’ in so many passages of Scripture, the Lord commanded you to fear only one being – the Almighty God. According to Hebrews 5:7, the only person Jesus Christ feared was the Father. Isaiah 8:13 says, “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread”. People fear different things today. People fear their past. They know if their past catches up with them, they are finished. Some fear fellow human beings, especially those in power, the wealthy, and the influential. Some fear the devil, demons and their agents. Who and what do you fear?
If you can rightly choose what to fear in the midst of several fear-producing situations, you are wise. Jesus Christ feared God Almighty, hence He did not need to fear anyone else. If you fear God, you do not have to fear anything or anyone else. If there is anyone to fear, it is God. What do you fear? The day you embark on a journey into wisdom is the day you start to fear God. If you are afraid of men, then you do not fear God. One person who feared God was Joseph. He feared God to the extent of not caring about the fallout of offending his master’s wife. Today, people are so afraid of offending their spouses, relatives or bosses that they prefer to break their relationship with the One who should be feared. That is foolishness! If you are still living in sin, you do not fear God because the evidence of fearing God is that you would observe His commandments (Eccl. 12:13). If you claim to fear God but you are still afraid of your enemies, situations and circumstances, it is because your fear of God is only partial. You can be defeated by what you fear, but the day you decide to fear God completely, you are assured of victorious life.
Ask that from today, God will be the Only one you will fear and dread.
Bible in One year: 2 Cor. 10-13