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Fearlessly Fear God

Fearlessly Fear God

08 January 2010

Today’s Reading: Genesis 20-22; Luke 8

Scripture:

“Don’t lay a hand on that boy! Don’t touch him! Now I know how fearlessly you fear God; you didn’t hesitate to place your son, your dear son, on the altar for me.” (Genesis 22:12 MSG)

Later, a great many people from the Gerasene countryside got together and asked Jesus to leave—too much change, too fast, and they were scared. So Jesus got back in the boat and set off. (Luke 8:37 MSG)

Abraham feared God more than he feared the sacrifice of his beloved son Isaac. I can only imagine the tangled emotions Abraham experienced, the thoughts and questions that raced through his mind as he prepared to offer Isaac on the altar. But his respect and reverence for God was greater and he simply obeyed.

The Gerasene people experienced some pretty intense feelings as well. They saw a man who had been demon-crazed for years suddenly quiet and calm and clothed. It was a holy moment, and for a short time, they were more reverent than curious. Then they saw the trampled hillside where the pigs had run headlong down the slope into the sea and they were scared! Too much power, too much change, too much disruptive potential. They were scared and they asked Jesus to leave.

Abraham fearlessly feared God and God blessed him beyond his dreams. The Gerasenes feared God’s power and feared that their lives would be disrupted if any more of God got loose in their community and they asked God to leave them alone.

If I allow God to get loose in my life, it is going to be scary. Sometimes God is going to do things that scare me. Sometimes God is going to ask me to do things that scare me. I want to fearlessly fear God more than I fear the cost or the consequences. Too much change too fast? It’s even scary to think the thoughts and write about it! But I’ve come too far to turn back now.

Prayer:

Father, I commit to fearlessly fear you and diligently obey you. It’s scary sometimes to even contemplate what that may involve, but I trust you and we’ll take it one day at a time. Please be patient with me. Amen.

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