fear to faith

Today’s faithful daily read comes from Prov 14 and Eph 2:11-22

I have chosen these couple of verses from the Proverbs chapter because they speak of both the security and beauty I find in God. It is only ‘fear’ of God that allows us to find our haven in God… not to come before God ‘as an equal’ (as one former Australian Prime Minister supposed he would), or as a rival, but humbly in awe of the majesty and mercy of the great I AM, the one who is transcendent and yet is God with us. It’s in this posture of smallness before God that we see Him fill us with strength and joy. From right fear of God, God grants faith.

26 Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
    and for their children it will be a refuge.

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
    turning a person from the snares of death.

In the Ephesians we see how in arrogance we are far from God, but in Jesus we are brought near.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

From right fear of God, God grants faith…and faith in Christ opens the fountain of life.

His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility

There is an unrivalled beauty in the purposes of God.  Pray for fear and faith.

Geoff

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One thought on “fear to faith

  1. Thank you Geoff. I was reminded whilst reading the Eph passage of 1Peter2:5, where we are described as living stones being built up….. Stones not bricks. Bricks are all the same size and shape when they are being used to build something. But stones are all very different. No two are the same. As we are placed along side one another its only the work of the Holy Spirit that will allow unity to flourish amongst such a diverse range of people. But what a beautiful picture of a stone wall with all it’s differences but all having the same purpose in mind. To fear God and shun what is evil.

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