When is fear good? - Fear - TouchPoints

When is fear good?

Psalm 2:11Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Because God is so great and mighty, and because he holds the power of life and death in his hands, we must have a healthy, reverent fear of him. A healthy fear helps us keep our perspective about where we need to be in our relationship with God.

2 Corinthians 7:1And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

A healthy fear of God motivates us to strive for holiness.

Deuteronomy 31:7-8“Be strong and courageous! . . . Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you.”

Fear can be good if it teaches us about courage. Joshua couldn’t have truly understood courage if he hadn’t experienced fear. Fear gave him courageous character and taught him to rely on and trust in God.