Fearing God

I decided to open today's post with the two questions P.D. Tripp concludes this chapter with.

  1. Do I live with the fear that I will do or say something that would cause God to say to me, "Go Away"?
  2. Name some ways that the fear of God's anger and rejection shapes the way that I respond to him, to others, and to circumstances.

I am thankful that I do not struggle with the above two questions as much any more as I had in the past.   There was a time in my life where I felt my thoughts, my actions, my attitude completely disconnected me from God.

There were times where I would isolate myself from God mentally simply because I didn't want to deal with the guilt, the shame.  I occasionally find myself still trying to "hide" like Adam and Eve in the garden after the forbidden fruit was eaten.

What I now know about God vs what I thought I knew about God  has changed much of that.
What I now know about myself vs what I thought I knew about myself has changed that as well.

I now know the disconnect, the separation, the isolation... that is from me.   Darkness cannot be in the presence of light.   I now know that it is not God who is condemning me, but my unwillingness to step into the light is what can bring on the feelings of being alone.

I don't have to be perfect, I just have to be willing to follow God.  I have to be willing to be open to my failures, my weakness, my blemishes. 

I should have a fear of God, but the fear that I have should be a respectful fear.  Not a fear brought about by being removed or alienated or shamed...   God knows I need him... God knows I will mess up, God knows I am not perfect, far from it...

I don't have to be perfect... I just have to follow Jesus.

Comments

  1. This is a very good post Ryan. Clear. Concise. Honest. And on the mark spiritually. I too am glad I don't have to be perfect...just a follower. Thanks my friend.

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  2. Yes, the disconnect happens only when we, in our misguided conceptions, turn away from God. He is ever present and always there for us. May we shed the unhealthy fears, and step into the light of His love.
    Blessings, Ryan!

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