An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.Luke 2:9
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”Mark 4:41
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.Matthew 14:26
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.Matthew 17:5-6
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”Matthew 27:54
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid…”Revelation 1:17
Angels show up to announce Jesus’s birth and the shepherds are terrified. Jesus calms the storm and the disciples are terrified. The disciples see Jesus walking on the lake and are terrified. Jesus gets transfigured on the mountain, the Father shows up and speaks words of love and affirmation over Him, and the disciples fall down terrified. Jesus dies on the cross, the ground shakes, and the guards are terrified. John sees the glorified Jesus show up to him in a vision, and John is so afraid that he falls down as though dead.
People who say that the Lord would never act in a way that would scare people must have never read their Bible. Over and over again, Jesus does things that absolutely terrify people. American Christians have so often made Jesus out to be a tame, passive, stoic teacher. The real Jesus was way more unpredictable than that. He often left people shaking in their boots!
Today, sometimes the Holy Spirit moves in a way that people don’t understand. And when people don’t understand something, they are often afraid of it. Fear causes people to reject all kinds of good things. Fear is often the wall that prevents people from having a radical encounter with the Lord. Then, in order to compensate for their fear, they rationalize that it can’t really be God. He would never do something that would scare people.
Go read those passages of scripture above and tell me with a straight face that God would never do something that would scare people. He did it all the time. He does it all the time.
Don’t let fear of not understanding the movement of the Holy Spirit keep you from an encounter with the Holy Spirit!
What are you scared of when it comes to the Holy Spirit?