A woman who fears Him.

August 13, 2010

… Become a woman who fears Him–a repentant woman who is deeply grateful for and moved by the cross of Christ. This does not mean being afraid to go near our Awesome and Mighty God.  It means being terrified to be far from Him.

(Jen Schmidt, Women Who Fear the Lord)

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4 Responses to “A woman who fears Him.”

  1. Ramsin Says:

    I really like this, but isn’t it being taken out of context? I always understood “a woman who fears the Lord” to be someone who recognizes her unworthiness before God and all that He is. Like when Peter sees a glimpse of Jesus’ deity as they capture fish and he says, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” No?

    I’d like to believe it should be both. =)

  2. tia Says:

    good thoughts, ramsin. thanks for making me think and reevaluate. :]

    i think fearing the Lord encompasses a lot. reverence, awe, worship, and that which inspires obedience. and from my understanding of Scripture, terror — fear and trembling before God and His holiness — is part of it, too. but i like that schmidt defined “fear of the Lord” with a Calvary perspective. because of the gospel, believers don’t fear His wrath or punishment; that doesn’t remove the sense of unworthiness and reverence for God as holy and exalted, but terror in the sense of being afraid to approach Him is removed and we can approach His throne with confidence — not because of our own righteousness but because of Christ’s righteousness imputed to us. in that sense, we can (so crazy) draw near to God … and in that sense, fear of Him (the right kind of fear of Him, that is) isn’t one that moves away from Him but rather moves toward Him. in light of Calvary, fear of God is being terrified of wandering from Him, continuing in sin, etc.

    ok. that was just a total thinking out loud paragraph. :] does that kind of definition seem plumb … or still off?

  3. Ramsin Says:

    I understand what you are saying completely, and I definitely definitely definitely agree with the notion that we should fear wandering away from Him. That’s definitely a theme revisited often in the Scriptures. “I am the Vine, you are the branches. If a man abides in Me, he will bear much fruit. Apart from Me, you can do nothing” – John 15:5

    What I guess bothers me is that the usage of the “fear of the Lord” is being misrepresented in Schmidt’s phraseology, although with noble intentions. I don’t know if fear of wandering from the Lord can be equated with fear of the Lord. The object of one is the Self and its frailty and the object of the other is God and His majesty. Do you see my dilemma? You said “in light of Calvary, fear of God is being terrified of wandering from Him…”, but that fear (at least for me) isn’t a fear of God, it’s a fear of my will allowing the Flesh to have supremacy over the Spirit. When we wander from God, God is never the culprit.

    Now maybe to completely contradict myself, I once heard someone say that it is always better to look for Jesus even where He is not than to do the opposite and take the risk of missing Him where He should be found. So maybe our dear sister Schmidt is on the right track after all in connecting the fear of the Lord to Calvary. =)

  4. tia Says:

    ah, i think i get what you’re saying, ramsin. maybe the difference is that you’re focusing in on the actual definition of fearing the Lord (which seems more God-focused?) while schmidt immediately jumps to the application of fearing the Lord (which seems more man-focused?): repentance and its fruits.

    if so, i guess it’s a matter of precision then, which i could def use help in. :]

    at the same time, it’s hard to separate application from definition, isn’t it? kind of like defining love for God as obedience to God. hmm … but i’ll def have to search and think this through.

    thanks!!


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