Years ago, I believe the Lord gave me an umbrella analogy to explain the fear of the Lord. Many of us have been taught to believe that God was like Zeus or Poseidon, armed with giant lightning bolts or a trident waiting to strike us down when we are disobedient. While it is true that everyone will one day stand and give an account before God for the deeds/actions they did while they lived on earth (Rev 20:12), it is also true that God is a God of mercy and grace (Heb 4:16) and that Jesus is at the right of hand of the Father “interceding for us (Rom 8:34).”
Listening to the voice of God is like standing under an umbrella. The instructions He sends into our spirits through the Holy Spirit or from His Word are a protective covering for us. Psalms 18 and 91 refer to His Word as a “shield and buckler.” When we choose not to listen to God, it’s like deciding to step out from under the umbrella and stand in the rain. We expose ourselves to the rain when we stay out from under the covering of His guidance, warnings, and promptings. In the natural, when we stay out in the rain, we can get sick with the flu or even pneumonia.
In the spirit realm, however, there are spiritual dangers we can expose ourselves to. Outside the covering of God, a thief is lurking to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). There is an enemy “that walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
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