While doing a word study on ‘Fear’ this week I came across a phrase that aroused my curiosity. In Genesis 31:42 there is a peculiar mention of the ‘Fear of Isaac’.
“If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.”
And again in
Genesis 31:53 May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac.
It is fascinating to me that Isaac’s fear or respect of God was so well-known that it could replace God’s name: God, whom Isaac fears, becomes, the Fear of Isaac. It got me thinking about what or whom do I fear most. If someone was to say ‘The Fear of Tracey’ what would people’s minds conjure up? Is my awe and desire to do right by God overriding all my other fears in life? If people looked at my life what conclusion would they come to about ‘The Fear of Tracey’ – perhaps it would be the fear of failure, the fear of the bathroom scales, the fear of looking stupid, the fear of being unpopular? Often our fears rule our lives – I live in a country full of electric fences and alarm systems – people are living in fear.
While this world is full of pressures and fears I pray that I would hold God’s opinion and righteousness at a higher level than all else.
Jesus said: Luke Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life–body and soul–in his hands. (Message) 12:5
I will try to live my life holding God in such a high regard and worshipping Him so that anyone who looks should be able to know who ‘The Fear of Tracey’ is.