The topic of the devotion that my husband and I had this afternoon was about "Fear". It was about a successful golfer who had the "fear" that drives him to be excellent in what he is doing. My husband commented on why we should live in "fear" when our God is the God of "love", and that we should not fear Him because God is kind.
It is true. But sad to say that human are born defiant and disobedient that we all need discipline. If God's love and kindness will just allow us to go where we want to go and to do what we want to do, we will all end up to our destruction. But because God cares, He has to impose the consequence in us to whatever we did wrong so that we will learn to fear Him in a constructive way.
Learning to fear God will make us wise by learning His ways. To learn His ways is to read His word which can be found in the book of life, The Bible. The more we learn from it, the more we will know the right thing to do, that will lead us to avoid the path of destruction. Living in fear to God doesn't mean God is terrorizing us. God is a God of balance. He loves us... He nurtures us... He teaches us... and if we did something wrong, He punish us, so that we will not go astray. God loves us so much that He wants to see us walking in the right path every day and enjoying the life that God is so abundantly offers to us.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding." (Psalm 111:10 NIV)