Healthy Fear July 18, 2016

Harold Clayton Urey was an American physical chemist w hose pioneering work on isotopes earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 for the discovery of Deuterium. This brilliant man once made the following surprising statement, “I myself am a man who is afraid. All the wise men I know are afraid.” There is such a thing as healthy fear which moves us to do something about problems when we face them. For example, we buy insurance when we see uncertainty in the future. The Bible tells “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” When we have a healthy fear or awe of God, this should lead to repentance. If we recognize our innate tendency to do wrong and ask for God’s forgiveness, He promises, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near…He will have mercy…He will abundantly pardon.” Now that is the best offer you or I will ever get.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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