A Right Fear

One major problem that national parks deal with regularly during tourist season is lack of respect (“fear”) for the wild animals in the parks. Tourists routinely ignore safety rules and precautions that have been communicated to them (such as staying twenty-five feet from animals like bison and one hundred feet from bears and wolves); instead of heeding warnings, they try to treat wild animals like pets. This results in some confrontations occurring between people and wild animals each tourist season. Here’s an example from 2019 at Yellowstone National Park: https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/yellowstone-warns-visitors-to-keep-distance-from-wildlife-following-bison-attack.

Keri Wyatt Kent helps paint a better picture of the fear of God, saying, “Fear of God means having a right-sized view of ourselves and God…” (Keri Wyatt Kent, Deeper into the Word: New Testament [Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2011], 15).