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Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:02:09 -0200
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Fear for the Best
  by Sean Ashberry

   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of
   knowledge; fools despise wisdom and
   instruction. Proverbs 1:7

People nowadays talk about God with such an arrogance.
Like they're the first person who is going to be able
to come before God and question Him. That God is gonna
go, "Wow, I never thought of that before."

Many people, when they get to the fear aspect of God
they want to qualify it with, "Now when I say 'fear' I
don't mean FEAR. It's more of a respect. It's more of
an awe."

But that's not what I see in the Bible. It looks to me
like people were terrified.

As parents, Tressa and I talk a lot about how to
protect our children spiritually and intellectually in
an increasingly post-Christian culture. Truthfully,
when I think about Callie I have entertained a wide
range of options. Everything from complete isolation
with the Bedouin Monks in the deserts of the Middle
East to homeschool with the reindeer people of
Mongolia. Just kidding. In a way.

All of those thoughts have yielded isolation
strategies that are not the best for our kids. Those
thoughts were based in an unhealthy fear of the
culture and not enough fear in God. Listen to the
Scripture:

In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and
his children will have refuge. Proverbs 14:26

It turns out providing refuge for our children is more
about our personal fear of the Lord than what school
they attend or where they grow up.

Think about this. My biblical fear of the Lord causes
me to follow Christ out of a deep sense of love and
reverence for the King. It causes me to align my life
with the Scripture and do life God's way. When
children have parents who love God and live out an
authentic biblical faith in front of them, they will
have refuge from the chaos of the culture.

As you think about how to protect your children, or
grandchildren, or nieces, or nephews, remember the
Scripture teaches we are to be part of this world, but
to not let this world become a part of us. Consider
Romans 12:2 where Paul writes,

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may
discern what is the will of God, what is good and
acceptable and perfect."

Our children need to learn to walk with Christ in the
midst of the culture. They need the refuge of parents
who fear God and love him deeply.

Meditate on Proverbs 14:26. The fear of the Lord is
not just the beginning of wisdom, it is also a stable
refuge for our children. If you want to protect your
children, the best thing you have to offer is your
personal fear of the Lord.
_______
Sean is the Involvement and Outreach minister with the
Somers Avenue church in N. Little Rock, Ark.

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