Noah Webster defines fear as:
In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.
Before salvation, I did not possess this type of fear. I did not consider God in this light because I did not love Him as I should. I did not have a reverence for His laws. I knew they existed but did not feel compelled to obey them. After salvation, however, the Holy Spirit placed this fear in my heart. Now I strive for perfect obedience. Do you, teen girl? We fail miserably but the key is that we are striving to be obedient. When we do fail, we know:
~1 John 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity. Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. The need for solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today.” A. W. Tozer
This is what is lacking in most teens’ lives – a time of solitude and quietness spent with God and His Word. How can you have peace if you don’t strive to find it from the only One who can provide it? God IS our peace:
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.