"It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Ponder: There is much in the Scriptures, where fearing the Lord is an act of obedience. This is not the "fight flight" fear, when we experience something frightening, nor is it completely illustrated in the fear of man verses, where we are worried about what people think of us (by the way, not the path of obedience, although extremely difficult to overcome...only in Jesus). What I am pondering today is the awesome respect and honor of God, the Father as my creator and the sustainer of the whole world. Listen to this prayer today from a man, who was in a real predicament but did not deny His God, our God:
“Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light." Daniel 2: 20-22
Action: God holds you, the world and its events in His hands.
Sit for a moment imagining this; God holding you.
Recognising this is an act of fearing the Lord.
Where in your life are you denying God in the darkness; things that need to come to the light; things that God knows about anyway? This to me is a terrifying thought, God knows when I hide myself and do...those unmentionable acts. He knows what I am thinking and putting my focus on. He understands why I do them, He loves me in them, but cannot look at the things I do...He is too good to do that....
in His justice and love He has to discipline.
Yet in an act of unforseen love He has rescued me.
Every act and every thought!
I praise Your Name!
Lord, thank you!
Challenge: Learning to take the fear of the Lord seriously as an act of obedience. I am speaking to my own soul here. We are in this together! Read Daniel 1-2 if you have a moment. Thinking about the predicament and using your imagination. Be honest: how would you respond?