I am not suggesting we live in fear that torments us. Those who don't have faith in Christ have millions of things to fear. Those things are ALL God sent. That is my only point. We are talking past each other .
The only fear I do have as a Christian is coming home to an empty house and feeling I missed the rapture. You ever have that? Or you believe in OSAS?
I did that once. Came home and wife and kids gone. That was the first thing I thought for some odd reason. I missed the Rapture and messed up somehow. It was real for a few moments.
I think we do need to define terms. The same fear of the Lord that starts Wisdom is the same word God used to tell us to avoid at all cost.
Fear will motivate someone, and fear of the Lord motivates them to serve God. It's not like afraid of God, its different. We don't fear the Lord in a sense we are scared of him.
Rattlesnakes are something people can fear (Not that they should). They bite, they can poison and they are just snakes which lots of folks fear. I don't fear rattlesnakes. I don't pick them up either and play with them. Lack of fear does not dictate I need to lack wisdom.
Lions don't bug me, as long as they are on animal planet and not in my living room. Wisdom dictates I don't walk up to wild lions and try to pet them.
I did walk down to the beach in Oxnard Ca and pet the sea lions. They came up to me and were very friendly. They are huge and I was told later that was a dumb idea as not everyone makes it out alive from trying to pet the sea lions. Had I wisdom, I would not have gone down to pet them. I don't need to fear them, because wisdom takes care of fear. Never seeing real seal lions, I was curious and went down the rocks to check them out.
You get the idea............ Being told the stove is Hot, is good enough for me.