Verse for Today: Monday, April 25, 2011
Psalms 34:9 – Fear the Lord, you His servants, for those who fear Him lack nothing.The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom which will help God’s children to know that there is no need to fear any one or thing else in this world. This fear of the Lord is not the emotion of phobia, but the highest degree of reverential regard for the person of God and His attributes. As God’s children fearfully regard and respect God the way He is to be revered, it will prevent them from fearing any other forces on earth which try to stand on their way to believing His Word. God says in His Word that for all who have Him as their Shepherd, He will be their Jehovah-Jireh to meet all their needs. Quite often the future needs or wants stand as a threat to peaceful living. The doubt or unbelief about the future makes people become anxiously fearful to think about facing the unknown tomorrows of life. But if we do not fear the future, but fearfully accept the word of the Lord who is already there in our tomorrows with adequate and abundant resources to meet all our challenges and needs, He will meet us in all our tomorrows triumphantly. So the question that is posed before us today is whether we fear the unknown tomorrows or give full allegiance to the Lord who is already working in our tomorrows. If we take the promises of God with due respect, fear and trembling because it is pronounced by the never changing God who creates everything through the word of His mouth, we would not be anxious or fearful about our unknown tomorrows. So we need to respond to the pronouncements of God by showing greater reverence for His promises and provisions and simply and blindly believe in Him. This is the true faith and fear in the Lord which secures all our needs for the future without fear or trembling about the unknown tomorrows.
Dear friend, you and I are confronted by the question as to whether we reverentially and respectfully believe all that is promised by our God who knows us and our tomorrows, or fear the unknown tomorrows to live in anxiety and unbelief. It is not enough that we give lip service to the Lord, but need to respect Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our might. If we love Him as we say we do, we should also take Him at His Word and trust in His promises with all our faculties. If we thus believe the Lord for all that He is and all that He has spoken, there is not need to look into the unknown future and become confused, doubtful, perplexed and develop deep anguish, stress and phobia. Our Lord who has promised to look after us according to His dignity, status and resourcefulness should be regarded for all that He is in our lives through faith and trust in Him. We would develop such degree of trust in Him only by seeing Him through His revealed Word. He demands full, total and absolute faith and not half-hearted faith. Partial faith in Him is partial unbelief. Doubting Him means that we do not have any regard for what He has promised. Unbelief makes our God dead in our thinking. Confusions about what He has promised to do for us mean that we have really not known Him personally in His true attributes. If we have truly entrusted our eternity with Him, how can we take away our tomorrow from Him and devote ourselves to fear and becoming anxious? When our God speaks, even the Cherubs and Seraphs tremble and fall in line to obey Him in utter faith and trust in what He says. If so, how can His blood-bought children disregard His promises for their tomorrows and keep busy in anxieties and phobias? When our Lord examines our hearts today, will He see full reverence for Him in our hearts and subsequent unquestionable faith and trust?Psalms 48:14 – For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.Thought for Today
Fear and reverence for our God and His never changing promises will take away all our fears in life.