5/24: Blessings That Cause Fear


How could it be possible that God’s blessings can cause fear? Aren’t blessings good things? Psalm 67:7 holds our answers. “God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him (NKJ).

God’s blessings upon us draw attention to Him. The Hebrew word for bless used here is “barak,” which means “to kneel.” God actually kneels down to reach us with that which enriches us. When people see how God comes through for us, they react with fear. This fear (yare in Hebrew) means people realize that the awesomeness of God and His unstoppable power is behind us.

Sometimes we don’t have to say a word. This verse reminds us that our lives witness to others. As we live the way we should, God will pour His blessings into our lives, and people won’t be able to ignore the fact that something special is going on with us. When they mention what they see or ask about our “luck,” we should take Peter’s advice as found in First Peter 3:15 and “give an answer to everyone who asks” by giving “the reason for the hope that [we] have (NIV). When we do so, people will fear/respect God and ultimately—hopefully—they will want to have Him in their lives.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on May 24, 2013.

2 Responses to “5/24: Blessings That Cause Fear”

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  2. I need blessings. Luck runs out.

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