1. Job was a God-fearing man, which helped him to live an upright life, as we see through the book of Job. While we often use fear (pachad in Hebrew) as a synonym for terror, there’s another fear (yare) which means to be in reverence. One is godly, and the other one isn’t. We should all revere God but not live in terror of Him. What is something that God has done for you lately that helps you remember to remain in reverence of Him?
2. Job is representative of many of us because while he had a Godly fear of our Heavenly Father, he also held ungodly fears of circumstantial things here on earth. In his case, his worst fears came to pass as he lost his children, his possessions, and his health. What is a situation you either currently fear could happen or once lived in fear of happening?
3. 1 John 4:18 lets us know that perfect love casts out fear. One of the hallmarks of love is generosity. So when we feel fear creeping into our hearts, one of the best ways to push it out is through giving. Being generous isn't only about giving money to your church or the less fortunate (while these are important), but it can also be giving up your time and energy. What is an area of your life that you teeter on the fence of having a healthy concern and living in fear? What are some ways that you can give that would help you drive out the fear?