The Indian and Fear

The Indian and Fear

If we had no more knowledge of God than as Creator, we should be possessed by terrible fear, like the savages in the heart of Africa and along the banks of the Amazon. Their whole existence is one of great fear. An Indian told a missionary that his people never know a moment without fear. "We are afraid when we rise in the morning, and when we go to sleep at night," he said. "We are afraid when we sit down to eat and when we rise to work. We are afraid of the jungle, and when we are in our dugouts, of the river. We are always within an arm's length of death, and we see an evil spirit in every tree and plant, in every snake and animal; yes, in every other man, woman and child." that would be the condition of us all, were it not for the Lord Jesus Christ. But when we read His assurance, "He who has seen me has seen the Father," we enter into His rest. For the Lord Jesus Christ revealed not only that the God of Heaven is His Father, but also that He wants to be our Father and invites us to come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments.” (Ps.112:1)

1. How does the “fear of God” in the psalm differ from the “fear of God” in the illustration?

2. In what specific ways should “fear” help us in our Christian walk?

3. How does the gospel of grace relieve the “fears” of the lost?

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