Westside Baptist Church of York  

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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


"Happy is the man who fears always, ..."                                            

  Proverbs 28:14

  A strange saying, this. A state of happiness is a state of fear? But does not fear prevent or expel happiness? Who can be truly happy who is also really afraid? Who can find satisfaction and contentment in fear and trembling? Yet, in spite of this apparent oxymoron, there is much wisdom in this divine riddle. The topic under consideration is an exception to the normal rule that fear casts out happiness. Here, fear produces happiness. If men would aim for the best happiness, they must aim for the best fear. So what kind of fear produces a life-enriching happiness? The fear of sin. The man who is fearful of sinning is fearful of violating the authority of God who has given men His good commandments. The man who fears that he will sin has a high regard for God, and loves God, and desires to be submissive and obedient to God. The man who fears that he will sin also fears the corruption of his own heart, the vices of which he is conscious, such as pride, greed, lust, resentment, dishonesty, anger, selfishness, etc., which have already led him too often into shameful thoughts, words, and deeds. The fear of sin is also a fear of God's righteous punishment upon those who do not repent - and who does not know that very few do repent? As Jesus said, "Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it; because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." The love of sin keeps men in sin and apart from divine intervention causes them to die in their sins. The man who fears to sin fears temptations to sin and occasions of sin. He fears his heart's evil receptivity to the enticements and allurements which surround him and which arise from within him. He fears approaching the edge of the cliff and stays as far as possible from it as he can. He does not dance on the brim of the cauldron. This is the man who trusts in God to lead him not into temptation but to deliver him from evil. The man who fears to sin, prays. He is aware that his self-caution is God's work in him. As he works out his salvation with fear and trembling, he knows it is God who works in him both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12,13.




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