A word from Isaiah highlights the proper reverence for God’s word–a necessity in the coming days + weekly news
TREMBLING AT GOD’S WORD
I will look favorably on this kind of person:
One who is humble, submissive in spirit,
and trembles at my Word
If we are to navigate through the difficulties in the days ahead, we will be forced to depend on God’s word to us. In a previous article we looked at how God’s word as the sword of the Spirit speaks a specific word at a specific time for a specific circumstance. When God speaks in this way through His written Word, we had better be in the right frame of mind and Spirit to receive it. When things get rough, our casual approach to our time in the Word will no longer cut it. We will be forced to learn what it means to tremble at God’s Word.
Depart from Me
When was the last time you actually trembled at God’s Word? Probably never. Today’s church culture has dismissed a reverential fear of God. We have become so focused on how we do church that we no longer appreciate the reality that Almighty God, the sovereign ruler of the universe, is about to speak directly to us. We need to become more like Peter when he realized who Jesus was (Luke 5:8). He fell at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
Once Peter compared his own sinfulness and unworthiness to Jesus’ perfection and holiness, he couldn’t bear to be in His presence. Today’s verse from Isaiah is telling us that God will be greatly pleased with us when we approach His Word with the same reverence Peter had for Jesus, with trembling. Yes, we are to come boldly into God’s presence and are to come to Him as a child climbing onto our daddy’s lap. Yet, we must do so with an attitude of reverence and awe (Heb. 12:28). If we miss this, God and His Word will become so familiar to us that we will lose all fear of disappointing Him. Our time in His word will become routine.
Check Your Motive
When you approach God’s Word, is it to learn something or to hear from the Sovereign God of the Universe? I am learning just how different there two are. Since the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10), the smart thing to do is ask the Father to instill in you a sense of reverential fear, awe, and wonder as you approach His Word. A little trembling will go a long way.
If a word from Jesus could raise the dead, calm a storm, or cast out demons, imagine what a timely word from Scripture could accomplish in your life. The possibilities should cause you to tremble. We will need this kind of power in the coming days, but we must first learn to tremble at God’s Word. This will require a realistic understanding or our own sinfulness and God’s majesty. I am convinced that once both are present, trembling at God’s Word will follow.
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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Joe Biden’s version of famous saying:
A rolling stone comes to those who wait.
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