Meditation for 06/13/2019
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” (Genesis22:12)
Total allegiance to and trust in God is the foundation for the Bible’s ethical teachings. Because we know that God is good, we do not ask questions here about the morality of God in asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son, the son of promise.
Rather, we ask if we are trusting enough to obey our good God’s most radical demands on us. Reverential fear or awe is a proper human response to God’s salvation. God knew that Abraham feared Him when he showed his willingness to offer Isaac.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, You asked Abraham to offer up his only son as a sacrifice to You, that He might know how obedient he was to Him. Each of us must ask ourselves if we have the same fear of God, that Abraham had. Are we obedient to You? Each day we must recommit ourselves to Your service, and then to be obedient to Your direction for our lives. This we ask in Your Son’s Name, our Savior, Jesus. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Maturity is learning that some life’s experiences should be avoided.”
“So that they will fear you all the time they live in the land you gave our fathers. Then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.” (1st Kings8:40, 43)
At three points in his prayer of dedication before God, Solomon pled on behalf of the Hebrews before God that their confession and commitment be the same. For the Hebrews to be defeated in battle was a sign of being out of fellowship with God. From God’s perspective these battles were not so much for territorial rights and loot as they were to establish the worship of he one true God in the land. Solomon wanted all people to fear God as Israel feared Him when he built the Temple. Those who truly fear God should want to see others fear Him, as well.
Salvation, Fear of God: (Jeremiah26:19)
God’s sovereignty does not set each decision in concrete. Rather, He retains the freedom to react to the personal decisions we make in our relationship to Him. Hezekiah is an example of one who feared God (2nd Kings 18:3-6). Those who fear God seek His favor and listen to His prophets. Devotion to God can avert the disaster of His announced judgment.
Second Thought of the Day:
“When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe, and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.” (Matthew9:8)
Christ’s miracles caused reverent fear and praise because the crowd recognized the superhuman power of God at work in Jesus. Such fear is the first step toward faith. Acknowledgment that God’s power is at work in Jesus must be followed by faith commitment to Jesus for salvation.
Recognition of God’s authority and power leads people to both praise and to express reverent awe before Him. Belief in Christ is the only basis for proper worship, beloved. To recognize God’s power and authority poured in and out of Jesus, is also our beginning of a relationship with God through His Son, our Lord and Savior.