walk in the word
1A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth. 2O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. 3God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. — Habakkuk 3:1-3
How do we hear about God? There are three ways. You should know the answer to this question. And you should know what happens next.
First, we learn about God through general revelation, the created world. We see all that God made and we realize, as any thinking person should, that it takes more faith to believe that this all came from nothing — it came from a Designer. Design shouts Designer, doesn’t it? The whole universe says, not an accident; probably not an explosion. Somebody had to make this.
The second way we learn about God is through His Word. God has written a Book. So we’re all fired up about this Book that God’s written because we want to learn about Him.
The third way we learn about God is through other people who are seeing and experiencing God. We share these stories with each other about how God worked in our lives. Don’t hold back telling others what God has done for you! It isn’t bragging when you give God the credit and the glory, and you’ll encourage others.
So this is how we learn about God. You put all that together, you have all the makings of an encounter with God, except for one thing: fear.
Make a note of this: Fear is the attitude of heart, which seeks a right relationship to the fear’s source. If I fear the edge of the cliff, then I step very carefully when I get close to the edge. I want to be in a right relationship with the edge of the cliff, because I fear being in a wrong relationship with the edge!
It’s no different with God. Fear is the attitude of heart, which seeks a right relationship to the fear’s source. As long as God is a subject we’re studying and accumulating information about, we’re not going to experience Him. But as soon as we allow our knowledge to awaken godly fear, the learning will become personal and life-changing. God wants us in a right relationship with Him. We need to learn to approach God carefully and humbly and sensitively, because of who He is. This is godly fear of the Lord, based on knowledge. Seeing God this way changes everything; because with fear, we can now truly encounter Him. — James MacDonald
Dear Father, thank You for revealing Yourself to us, yet still giving us room to respond. Thank You for showing us enough of Yourself to provoke godly fear. Help us to treat that fear as a gift, and let it draw us to You. From a distance, You are daunting; but as we draw near to You and You draw near to us, we experience Your welcome. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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