Normally, I’m not scared. But lately, I’m pretty rattled. What about you? Are you afraid of God?
I’ve noticed a common fabric of tragedy, victimization and loss weaves through testimonies of God’s faithfulness and power. It scares me to death.
Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” HCSB
Years ago I finally said it out loud and felt some relief. “I am afraid of what God will require of me.” My kids were young when I first dug into the word through in-depth Bible study. I sensed God calling but was afraid of what He would require. So I withheld the chunks of my heart I was unwilling to surrender. I’m still not whole, but twenty years later I’m painfully aware of what He requires and that’s why I’m afraid.
He’s a scary God
Proverbs 2:5, “Then you will understand the ‘fear of the Lord’ and discover the knowledge of God.” HCSB
ARE YOU AFRAID OF GOD?
A testimony is proof of the existence of something. Maybe that’s why a public declaration of the realness of God’s presence springs from depths of great loss. There is proof in loving the unlovable, forgiving the unforgivable and having peace despite heartbreaking circumstances. Some days I’m not sure I want a testimony because I know what it entails.
Are you afraid of a God who wants your whole heart?
Jeremiah 29:13, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” NKJV
HARM OR GOOD?If you've ever typed amen to receive a blessing, you may need a new religion #truth Click To Tweet
Hate to break it to you, but Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.” My world is brimming with troubles and tests. Maybe you can relate. The real test in testimony is whether or not you will let God use your trials for your good and His glory.The real test in testimony is whether or not you will let God use your trials for your good and… Click To Tweet
Remember, the alternative is let Satan hold bitterness and self-pity, condemnation and shame, or sin and rebellion over your head. If you’ve blown it and you’re still running, listen here to my pastor’s sermons about our God who gives second chances.
What’s your testimony?
Genesis 50:20, “As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil,” TLB
There is a prayer the Lord always honors, but it’s scary. Great peace comes from praying, “Whatever Lord,” but it’s costly. Jesus prayed, “Thy will be done.” God’s will involved gruesome suffering for His beloved son. What if involves suffering for me too? Am I willing to surrender? Yeah sometimes, then I take it back. God and I have been playing tug-of-war for months now and I’d like to say I’m ready, but God scares me with His questions:
Do you want …..
Are you willing….
What if it takes….
He’s not safe
I trust God like never before. His plans for me are better than any plans I could make for myself;
I trust Him
But he scares me
I’m afraid of God
Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. ~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis
Proverbs 19:23, “The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.” NASB