“The fear of God came on all the surrounding kingdoms when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.” -2 Chronicles 20:29
Did you know the fear of God can come upon those who do not follow the Lord? When Judah sought the Lord in their time of need, God answered with a miraculous victory. As a result, their enemies, those who followed other gods, feared the Lord.
What relevance does this have to our lives today? When God works powerfully in our lives, it can cause even those who do not believe in God to respect him. For example, following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the vast majority of help to show up first consisted of Christians. I was blessed to arrive within two weeks of the event and help with some of the needs. The military and NGOs not affiliated with any religion helped as well, yet they seemed to have a profound reverence for the many people who would give up thousands of dollars, personal safety, and the comforts of home to dig in rubble, provide medical care, and serve meals in the name of Jesus.
Despite the tragedy of the event, lives were changed, including many of those who did not follow the Lord. Still today, the way we live can cause people to reject God or to respect him. Which will you choose?
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.