I was recently given an acrostic for FEAR. It is: F=False, E=Evidence, A=Appearing, R=Real; False evidence appearing real. As I heard this I couldn’t help but realize how relevant this is for so many of us who participate in Celebrate Recovery. Along with this, it is simply relevant for all of us. No wonder God tells us to fear Him. He is the One who takes care of our needs and guides our living if we obey His nudges each and every day.
There are so many verses throughout the Bible telling us to fear God. Psalm 31:19 says, “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You….” There is no false evidence when we fear God, but living life as long as I have, I have only found my own fears of my past to be bondage for me (false evidence) where fearing God and obeying Him has been the most freeing thing I’ve ever done and will continue to do.