Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
The concept of the fear of God is something that many people have trouble understanding. When they read the word fear they immediately associate it with dread and horror. They think that walking in the fear of God is living constantly scared and afraid that God will punish them. Many try to contrast the fear of God with the teachings of love that our Lord Jesus Christ gave and they have even tried to make others believe that the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament by making one a being of wrath and the other a being of love. This is precisely where they get more confused because they can not understand that on God love and mercy as wrath and justice can coexist. What allows these conflicting concepts to be consistent in the person of God is his grace which has been shed in abundance and made available to anyone who wants to take shelter in it.
The fear of God is nothing but showing respect, reverence and obedience to God. The fear of God is the attitude that puts us in our just standing before God as creatures he has created and chosen and to whom he has offered grace and forgiveness so we can live now in righteousness and holiness through the merits earned by our Lord Jesus Christ in the cross of Golgotha.
This attitude of respect, reverence and obedience brings juicy rewards for those who show it before God, making it doubly beneficial. Let us look, therefore, to always walk in the fear of God, and not to dread and panic but rather with peace and joy because we are children of God and the recipients of his matchless love. To God alone be the glory!
How long, LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
When misfortune hits us, we see everything with so much pessimism that we think our beloved heavenly Father has forgotten us or simply abandoned us. The joy and the happiness caused by his presence in our lives cease to be the main characteristics of our usual mood and depression and melancholy take ownership of our being to make us flag and adversely affect our thoughts and hopes. Part of the training that we receive to mature in our spiritual life involves moments of loneliness and abandonment. The idea is not to learn to defend ourselves by our own strength but to learn to depend on God and only on him. At such times, our tendency is to seek a solution based on our own experiences and skills. Perhaps this natural response of our being has helped us out of this or that problem in the past but as we have to face more challenges and difficulties, our forces will no longer suffice to come out of trouble successfully.
Although it seems that God has abandoned you, he still is by your side, very close to you. Although it may seem that God has forgotten you, he will never leave you on your own and he will be protecting you from the many darts of fire that the enemy throws at you. The purpose of trial is to bring out the best of your heart, a heart that God has transformed to adequately respond to adversity. Do not let depression keep you from looking up to him who gave you physical life, salvation and eternal life to seek from him the answer to calm your anxieties. Only God can help break out of the difficulties in which you are. Do not put your hopes on methods, people and philosophies. God, our Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty. Only look for and depends on him. To God alone be the glory!
So he said he would destroy them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
to keep his wrath from destroying them.
When we think God has turned away from us, chances are it is we who have wandered from him in the first place. The reason for this departure is plain and simple, sin. All odds are against the person who does not want to sin. Three powerful enemies stand in our way: Satan, the world and our own sinful nature. These three enemies act constantly, without rest, seeking to make us fall. The world is in charge of presenting the opportunities of falling, using powerful weapons: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. The sinful nature is responsible for tempting us by producing our own evil desires which, if left unchecked, drag us and seduce us to sin. Last but not less lethal, Satan, who controls the world, is responsible for planting his lies in our minds so that we end up believing ─for listening and paying attention to his hoaxes─ that we can get away with it without sinning.
But thank God we have an advocate with the Father, who is our Lord Jesus Christ. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness through the blood of his Son Jesus Christ. This does not mean that we can do as we please, thinking that later we will be forgiven. This would be the attitude of a spoiled child and that’s not what God expects of us. Should we continue showing this kind of behavior, He would have to resort to something that may not be very nice to us, discipline. Remember that everyone born of God overcomes the world. Our faith is the victory that has overcome the world. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world. Thank God we are with the True One, with his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. To God alone be the glory!
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No one who practices deceit
will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
will stand in my presence.
The LORD detests lying lips, says one of the proverbs from the book of the same name. If we are true children of God, we should also hate lies and whoever practices deceit. Where there are lies, there can be no trust, no justice. Lies, together with their associates, flattery, self-righteousness, intrigue and hypocrisy have done more harm to humanity than the atomic bombings during World War II. Lies have a very well defined origin. Our enemy the devil is the father of lies. Of him Jesus said: “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” For sure, we do not want to have any kind of business wit this liar.
Let us keep ourselves as far away as possible from this abominable behavior and let us speak the truth to one another. Lies will always be in opposition to our Lord because He is the truth. If we are true children of God we must practice the truth above all things. His Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and guides us into all the truth. Let us walk with a clear conscience, confident that we are following the path of truth and that our conduct pleases God. To God alone be the glory!
A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
There are servants who behave like real children and children who behave like common servants. That’s the way it always has been. I’m sure that in Pharaoh’s royal family there had always been people with royal blood and succession rights who could have taken responsibility for the management of the finances, commerce and trade of the world power that Egypt was. However, Pharaoh, noticing the wisdom and successful business acumen that a young servant, foreigner and convict named Joseph has shown, appointed him prime minister with authority over all his kingdom. In these postmodern times is very common to see children who have lost respect for their parents and in general have lost respect for any authority. They want to live in freedom, that is, as they understand it, in debauchery. They ignore every precept of submission and respect for their parents and make disobedience and scorn a lifestyle. Likewise, there are children of God who sometimes behave like enemy’s children; acting in a way that we know does not please God.
We must behave as the apostle John pointed out when he wrote: “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” God gave us understanding to know who his image is before us. Our Lord Jesus Christ, all man and all God, true God and eternal life, is the perfect model of a true son. Let us walk, then, in his footsteps and act like the true children of God we have been made and not as the mere servants we used to be. To God alone be the glory!