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FEAR GOD

Usually, when you ask Christians today what the Bible means when it talks about fearing God, you'll hear the words respect, awe, or reverence used.  Rarely do you hear anything resembling the tone Job or David uses in Job 9 or Psalm 38.  David says, "There is no health in my bones because of my sin."  Job says, "Who has defied Him without harm?" and then goes on to describe the awesome destructive power the Lord possesses.  Both of these men seem to truly be afraid of what God can and will do.  Yes, reverence, respect, and awe are part of that, but I believe people from scriptures that have encountered God were truly afraid like David and Job.  Proverbs 9:10 tells us that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."  To know God is to fear Him.  

 

And both Job and David did know God.  They seemed to have a great understanding of who He was and how He loved his children.  I don't think those two things are unrelated.  If we want to be people like Job or David, let's make sure we understand what it really means to fear God.  

 

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UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

There are teachings and directives I still struggle with in Scripture. Today and yesterday, we have read of God’s allowing Job to suffer greatly...and it is difficult to watch. We have also read today of the ‘abundant prosperity’ of the humble and, in the same text, we read of the ‘little of the righteous’ as the psalmist praises God’s protective of His people.  Then, in our New Testament reading Paul deals with a woman’s role in ministry and that well-known ‘silent in the church’ text.  

I have also recently been learning from the Scripture to wait on the Lord. Because, in addition to struggling with certain texts, I struggle with the Lord not answering a couple requests I have laid before Him for years.  As I have repeatedly prayed for changes in the hearts and circumstances of some people I love, He has remained silent and I do not understand.  

But my failure to understand is not the most significant aspect of these issues. Because the Scriptures reveal to me elsewhere Who the Lord is and how He has worked in the past, I know I can trust Him. I know He hears and I am convinced He answers...not always, though, in the manner I want/request. And I do not want all my questions answered as badly as I want it to be able to be said of me what Job said of himself (6:10), “But it is still my consolation, and I rejoice in unsparing pain, that I have not denied the Words if the Holy One.”  

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