“An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.”
You have probably seen a window sticker like the one above or perhaps you have seen the logo on a t-shirt. While I am not trying to make unwarranted conclusions about someone with this logo, it does speak to a general attitude held my many. Some people want to express that they are not afraid of anyone or anything. Sadly, they often foolishly exclude the fear of Almighty God in their thinking.
In the description that followed this statement in Psalms 36 as well as a similar list of indictments in Romans 3:9-18, the wickedness of humanity may be summed up in the statement, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” God is good, and all that He does is altogether righteous. However, the goodness of God does not preclude His punishment of evil. In fact, His goodness demands that humanity’s unrighteousness is not ignored. “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22).
Jesus came into the world to save sinners. His love motivated Him to leave the glories of Heaven and to come to this earth and die for us. He wants us all to be saved and has the power to accomplish our justification. He will not, however, save us against our will. When He comes back with His holy angels, He will judge this world in righteousness. He said, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28,29).
What a wonderful day of victory and reward this will be for His saints, but what a day of total fear this will be for those who have refused His salvation. They will cry for the rocks and the mountains to fall on them and hide them from the face of God (Revelation 6:16) but it will be too late. Those who have dared to ignore the gospel and die without entering into Christ in baptism will be filled with abject fear because of their disobedience.
The statement, “NO FEAR,” is at least immature and uninformed. At worst, it is the foolish rejection of the thing we need most, to “fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Job 28:28). No fear will get you into trouble every time. Let’s be careful about our words and what we express to other people. Let’s be even more careful about how we regard our Lord and God. We must be responsive to His will, obedient to His directives, and faithful to His cause to the very end.