The fear of God brings us back to Him on a daily basis. We have hope in the Lord and His Word. What He does is right, even though it may not always appear this way on the surface. When people pass away unexpectedly or while so young, we may wonder if God is real and why He allowed these things to happen. Our Faith in God is tested in these moments. Who will endure in their faith in Jesus when trials come and who will not is the real question. Being a Christian does not mean that we won’t be afflicted because of grief or pain in this life. It just means that God’s peace will be with us, while other people will have to rely on people to help them. What we know is true is that God’s Word, the Bible, is a roadmap for our lives.
Reading from it daily will keep us seeking Jesus and help us continue on His path. The same can be said with praying. Prayer is essential when it comes to our continued walk in the faith. God is kind and full of mercy, which shows when we are comforted. David wrote, “they that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.” (Psalm 119:74-76) These very words may have been from David over two thousand years ago, but still they resonate with me and from every generation from His time and until now. God speaks through these words.
Ask God to showcase Himself in your life. We need His reassurance at times that we are forgiven or that a person we dearly loved is now with the Lord in paradise. This comfort and peace is God showing His loving kindness and mercy towards us, although we can’t see that person just yet. We delight in God and His laws, but sometimes we just need to know He cares for us. Those of are proud don’t care for any of this, for they find what the world offers them and what they have discovered in life to be fulfilling. What does this mean? It means that those who chose Christ in this life will be rewarded with heavenly treasures in the next, while those apart from Jesus will have nothing but pain and sorrow in hell.
This is why Jesus followers meditate upon Him and His words daily. We fear God and turn to Him for this reason. We are known by our lives in Christ and our firm testimony in Him. Lastly, David said, “let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts. Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.” (Psalm 119:77-79) If only people would read the Bible and meditate upon it’s words as David said. This world would be much different. Our thoughts would be upon God and others. This means that our intentions would be to not please ourselves but others. We see God’s goodness daily, and are able to share that same goodness with others. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, help me and others stay focused upon You daily. There are so many distractions that come our way and I ask that You will keep us headed in the direction towards heaven. Simply opening up the Bible and reading it is what causes me to get back on track with You. I know that I am not perfect in any fashion of the word, but rely on You to make me holy. Lord, give me clean hands and a pure heart. Look into my life and whatever I have done wrongfully, and please forgive me. Your mercy is what I rely on, not to continue in sin, but if I do fall, that You will pick me back up and not keep me feeling I am wicked. Truly, forgiveness is so generous since we don’t really deserve it most times. I am just grateful that I have an advocate with You, Father, which is Jesus, who is fighting on my behalf. I love You, Lord. I give You praise. Amen.