I want to give you a heads-up on something. I am always encouraging you to pursue the Lord; to be hungry for His Righteousness. But, as we grow closer to the Lord, an amazing thing begins to happen. Slowly, a sense of awe and respect grows within us. It is not something we force (or even cause) to happen, it just grows and, at times, seems to overwhelm us. But don’t let this concern you, this Godly fear will provide the power for you to maintain victory in your life.
A couple of days ago, I began to wonder about that. We read the Headlines and see the news around the world and finally realize that our world is becoming dark, evil, almost as if a cloud was moving over our nations and hiding our Father’s face.
So, what do we do about that? What do we do about this fear, this “awe and respect” for our Lord? Well, I’m glad you asked! Through the Prophet Jeremiah, Yahweh said:
“I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me” (Jeremiah 32:39-40).
Did you catch that? He will put the desire in our hearts to worship Him. It’s not something you need to work up or have that “one” song or even burn incense to capture a feeling of interest in things that are Holy. It will come as a normal outgrowth of your love.
This is a wonderful promise from the Lord. It promises us that He will provide us with His Holy fear. Now, He doesn’t just drop this fear into our hearts in a supernatural flash. No, His fear in us comes and grows through his Word.
Now, does that mean this Holy fear is planted in our hearts simply by reading the Bible? No, not at all. It comes when we consciously decide that we are going to obey every word we read. Scripture bears this out. It tells us this is how godly fear came upon Ezra: “Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it” (Ezra 7:10).
In fact, James warns us that reading the Words of God isn’t enough. He directs us to be “doers of the Word”; to obey the message; not to simply listen to it. You see, when you simply listen to the word and the sermons your pastor give you, you are simply betraying yourself; you are being deceived by reasoning contrary to the Truth” (James 1:22).
The fear of God isn’t just an Old Testament concept. We see godly fear mentioned in both Testaments. The Old Testament tells us, “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil” (Proverbs 3:7). And, the New Testament declares, “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).
So what do we do about that? Well, Paul adds,
“Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.” (II Corinthians 7:1)
So let’s pray about that . . .
Oh Father, we come to and surrender ourselves to You. Your Word assures us that when we call upon You, You will show us great and mighty things that we cannot understand.
And, that may be true, but we still ask You to show us those great and mighty things; the unfathomable riches of Your glory and splendor; all that You are. Help us to plumb the depth of Your Being and to know You. As the Psalmist wrote,
“Show me the path where I should go, Yahweh; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for you are the GOD who gives me salvation.”
So today I also ask that you would continue Your work in me.
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