But Robbins, who likely does not know that love, is right that fear is a powerful motivator. Absent the presence of Christ, fear moves us more than any other stimulus.
Jesus considered fear a proper motivation.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10.28 NET
What fear moves us at the deepest level? Fear of hunger or poverty? Fear of public opinion, of ridicule and rejection? Fear of failure? Fear of pain and harm?
The fear of God ought to edge out any other fear that we might feel.
The fear of God quenches all other fears. For it moves us to action to obey him, trust him for our needs, thus resolving all other situations we may be afraid of.
All other fears set us up for failure, loss, and unhappiness. The fear of God releases us from shame, settles our personal issues, and provides us with a strong foundation for facing every day with courage.
Living God, how terrifying to fall into your hands! How comforting to deliver myself up to your care!
Hold this thought: Fear the Lord, and find in him your courage.