Fear and Fun

Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Proverbs 28:14

The Bible is full of seeming contradictions.  This verse is one of them.  It starts out “happy is the man that feareth alway…”  That doesn’t make sense to our human reasoning.  We not equate fear with happiness.  In our minds, fear is almost the opposite of happiness.  Humanly, we can’t see how we could be happy while “in fear.” 

Of course, this is not a contradiction to those of us who know the Lord.  It is a fear of Him that keeps us out of trouble.  If we have a fear of Him and a fear of His Word, we are going to follow Him and obey Him.  And, as we all know, following Him and obeying Him do result in our happiness.  In fact, following Him is the only place that we will truly find happiness.

On the other hand, “he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.”  To some, a “hard heart” is a prerequisite to “having fun” and “enjoying life.”  But, sooner or later, that hard heart that has rejected the Lord will “fall into mischief.”  The world would have us to believe that selfishly following our own desires and rejecting God is the way to happiness.  But, as usual, the world has it backward.  Fearing and following God brings happiness; rejecting God and following ourselves brings trouble and mischief.

Are we fearing Him or are we hardening our hearts?  We are all either moving in one direction or the other.  Which way are we going?

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    ‘…following Him and obeying Him do result in our happiness.”
    “The world would have us to believe that selfishly following our own desires and rejecting God is the way to happiness.”

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, says Proverbs 9:10. Happy and wise are those who fear Him 🙂

    I’d rather be on this side than on the other side. I’m choosing to go in that direction!

    Happy and wise in Him,
    ann

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    • I had forgotten about that verse. The fear of the Lord really is the beginning of wisdom!It seems so strange- fear always carries a negative connotation, but not when applied correctly. If the object of our fear is the right one, it will increase our joy all around!

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  2. That does seem like opposites, happy and fear. 🙂 Thinking that when we “fear” Him, or are in awe of Him, we don’t deal with the kind of fear others do that don’t know Him and fear Him. It’s a happy fear! God bless you as you walk in happy fear today!

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