God does not bid you fear that He will fail to fulfill His promises, that His patience will weary, or His compassion be found wanting. Fear lest your will shall not be held in subjection to Christ’s will, lest your hereditary and cultivated traits of character shall control your life. “It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Fear lest self shall interpose between your soul and the great Master Worker. Fear lest self-will shall mar the high purpose that through you God desires to accomplish. Fear to trust to your own strength, fear to withdraw your hand from the hand of Christ and attempt to walk life’s pathway without His abiding presence. – Christ’s Object Lessons 161.1
Hebrews 8:12 – For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Human beings have a lot of fears. If I remember correctly, public speaking tops the list, and fear of dying, spiders, and darkness aren’t far behind. I think that a fear of God exists as well, a fear that He is arbitrary, exacting, hard to please, and unforgiving. I think the devil and his angels love to foster fears in general, but specifically fears about God.
Like most fears, these fears about God are unfounded. The river of God’s mercy towards us poor human beings is deep and boundless. God’s compassion is what we hang our hats on, and what we have to hope in. It’s not going anywhere.
What we do have to fear is our own selves. If there is a separation between us and God, we’ve caused it, not God. Our selfishness wants to pull away from God’s will. Here is where we need to pray that God will give us strength to choose the right. With God’s power, we can choose to hold onto Him despite our naturally selfish disposition.
1 John 2:1 – My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.