Thursday, October 05, 2006

Christian Absolutes (Pt.2)

Yesterday we saw that believing God was a non-negotiable in the Christian life. Today we're going to see that fearing God is no different. Psalm 112:1 says, "Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments." When you trace the history of Israel, you quickly learn that Israel was to fear God. Israel was Told to Fear God

This means they were to "revere" (Heb.yare’) God in all their ways. Deuteronomy 6:1-2 says, "Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, "that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged." The key to Israel's success was with their fear of God. From King Solomon to those who lead the country today, Israel is to fear God. But Israel is not alone in this command. All of God's people are to fear God.

We are to Fear God

In Ecclesiates 12:13, Solomon wrote, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all."

Do you fear God? Do you trust God? The non-negotiables for your life is to believe and fear God. John Trapp concludes by saying: "It is the nature of faith to believe God upon His bare word. . . . It will not be, saith sense; it cannot be, saith reason; it both can and will be, saith faith, for I have a promise for it." Trust and fear Him today "in all your ways" (Prov.3:6).

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