Yirah translated as fear 44 times in the Old Testament is also often translated as “awe.” To be in awe, is to experience “radical amazement.” To stand in wonder before a a reality that far transcends our knowledge or understanding. Awe may sometimes be a fearful experience, but yirah cannot be defined exclusively by fear. It is defined equally by our humility, our respect, our acceptance of the ultimate limits of our power in the world. When we learn to stand in awe, we use our fear as a springboard to embracing a truth much greater than ourselves. Face your fear today and invite someone to take a closer look at Christ and his church and in doing so you might meet God and stand in awe.

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