Thought for the Day

 

WHO SHALL WE FEAR? 

 

Deuteronomy 13:4 (New American Standard Bible)

4“You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.

 

The Greek word for “fear”, as used in this passage means awesome reverence and respect”.

This is a command of God. It is one of the conditions of his covenant promise.

One of the most difficult things for us to do in this day and age is to fear the Lord.  Most of us have no concept as to God’s illuminating holiness and absolute power. Like Israel of old we have forgotten the majestic miracles of God and his ability to preserve his people. We, the Remnant of Israel need to discipline ourselves to walk in obedience to his command.

 

What wonderful benefit there is in following the Lord? We can arise each morning with the confidence that He will guide us through all of the day’s unknowns. We know that his vision and understanding is perfect. He knows both the good and bad that may be awaiting us. Surely, he will lead us through every trial and trouble that we face.

 

Our reverence and respect for Him gives opportunity for his guidance and blessing. His power and ability will protect us from the enemy. It will keep us from straying into unwholesome or sinful situations. We can trust him to direct our lives in a more perfect way than we could ever accomplish in our own ability or wisdom.

 

The Lord will give us the ability to keep his commandments and to walk uprightly before him.

 

Real peace and victory comes to those who learn to listen to Him. He wants to give us perfect direction by his Spirit, as we carefully serve him.

 

We must learn to cling to Him. He is our Heavenly Father, we are his children. Just as the small child who is unsure of himself clings to his parent’s leg or arm seeking security, we, as the children of God, can cling tightly to his great arm of strength.

 

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to lean upon you. I acknowledge that you are Almighty God. I know that your wisdom and strength will guide me through the greatest problems that I face. Help me to trust you in true faith and to walk in obedience. I reject my own insight and understanding. I want to depend upon you for all my guidance and direction. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.