Awesome God, how great Thou are. You are God, mighty are Your miracles. Lord, we thank You for all You have done for us in past week; Thank You for the glorious week ahead of us. We are grateful to You, for there is no one like You Lord. Have Your way in our life forever more.
Beloved, have you ever experience fear in your life? How did you feel during the period? Someone is saying I felt paralysis, astound, perplexed, ashamed, shock, bewildered, surprised. Fear can make you do things you are abound to regret afterward, that is negative fear, there is also a positive side to fear. Come along with me to discover more about fear:
“He that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.” Prov. 13:13
Holy awe of God’s Word is at a great discount. Men think themselves wiser than the Word of the Lord, and sit in judgment upon it. “So did not I, because of the fear of God.” We accept the inspired Book as infallible, and prove our esteem by our obedience. We have no terror of the Word, but we have a filial awe of it. We are not in fear of its penalties, because we have a fear of its commands.
This holy fear of the commandment produces the restfulness of humility, which is far sweeter than the recklessness of pride. It becomes a guide to us in our movements; a drag when we are going down-hill, and a stimulus when we are climbing it. Preserved from evil and led into righteousness by our reverence of the command, we gain a quiet conscience, which is a well of wine; a sense of freedom from responsibility, which is as life from the dead; and a confidence of pleasing God, which is Heaven below.
The ungodly may ridicule our deep reverence for the Word of the Lord; but what of that? The prize of our high calling is a sufficient consolation for us. The rewards of obedience make us scorn the scorning of the scorner.
When you have a holy fear in you, you reverence God for who He is, you worship Him not what you received or He has done for you, rather you worship Him for Who He is. My prayer for you is that God will give you a deeper understanding of Who He is, Amen! Interesting no one can know God beyond His revelation of Himself to you. To achieve this, it calls for fellowship, it calls for meditations on the Word, it calls for prayer. Now Jesus is inviting you to come and dine with Him, will you come?
“Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.” John 21:12
In these words the believer is invited to a holy nearness to Jesus. “Come and dine,” implies the same table, the same meat; ay, and sometimes it means to sit side by side, and lean our head upon the Saviour’s bosom. It is being brought into the banqueting-house, where waves the banner of redeeming love.
“Come and dine,” gives us a vision of union with Jesus, because the only food that we can feast upon when we dine with Jesus is Himself. Oh, what union is this! It is a depth which reason cannot fathom, that we thus feed upon Jesus. “He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him.”
It is also an invitation to enjoy fellowship with the saints. Christians may differ on a variety of points, but they have all one spiritual appetite; and if we cannot all feel alike, we can all feed alike on the bread of life sent down from heaven. At the table of fellowship with Jesus we are one bread and one cup. As the loving cup goes round we pledge one another heartily therein. Get nearer to Jesus, and you will find yourself linked more and more in spirit to all who are like yourself, supported by the same heavenly manna. If we were more near to Jesus we should be more near to one another.
We likewise see in these words the source of strength for every Christian. To look at Christ is to live, but for strength to serve Him you must “come and dine.” We labour under much unnecessary weakness on account of neglecting this percept of the Master. None of us need to put ourselves on low diet; on the contrary, we should fatten on the marrow and fatness of the gospel that we may accumulate strength therein, and urge every power to its full tension in the Master’s service.
Thus, then, if you would realize nearness to Jesus, union with Jesus, love to His people and strength from Jesus, “come and dine” with Him by faith. Then and then will it be well with you. I pray for you, child of God that you will not leave the table empty but you will be bless for ever more in Jesus name, Amen!
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Evang Ifeoma Ohondu