The Fear of God

I was talking in the comments about not knowing much about what is taught in the churches today.

That got me thinking. What did the church I go to teach as a child?

The fear of God, which ultimately leads to our Saviour.

You know I was taught the whole Bible.

It wasn’t the pretty verses only. What is seen as motivational inspiring verses today.

I was taught straight from God’s Word the Almighty God that He is. His straight forward approach. He said do it and it was done.

There was no Mediator. Not in the sense of the last sacrifice. Before the Sacrificial Lamb.

Before the Lamb what we had was God. We had lessons, punishment, and sacrifices.

God didn’t play.

The stories I would be told with no fear. Of how the grumbling would happen. We were never satisfied. Or good children. We didn’t follow the rules. We would get to a point that we didn’t think God even saw what we did.

The ungratefulness of it all and if it didn’t stop, there would be no telling what could happen. We could be swallowed up in the ground. God would do it. Fiery serpents, plagues galore, floods.

As a child, of course, the questions were, is God really going to swallow them up in the ground?

Yes

And He did.

Of course, followed by childlike questions of, will God do that to us now?

He could but we have a Mediator. And so the gospel once again gets brought full circle.

I really, really appreciate my Saviour Jesus Christ.

I would have been one of the first ones to have been taken out by one of the well deserved punishments if not for Jesus. I’d have probably been at the front of the line,  “what? we have to walk this desert 40 years?”. Yes, and you will want for nothing. You will grumble, and complain. God will do what He said. There will be wonders and miracles.

God will be waiting for us to do what He asked us to do.

We know how that turned out.

It turned out like when Jesus said. They are coming to crucify me after dinner. I’m going to pray. You stay here and pray too. Only to return to us sleeping. Not once but twice.

Or when Peter was telling Him to stop it with the crucifiction talk. No one loved the Lord better than Peter but Peter not only ran off and forsook Jesus, like every one else. He did just what Jesus told Peter what he would do. Peter denied Jesus not once, not twice, but thrice. Then ran off.

No judgment. I see a lesson. One that shows us what they went through, and what they did. What we will go through, and what we will do.

These are the things that I was taught.

I was taught before all else, I am a righteous child of the Almighty God. And I need to act like it. I will never be Jesus but that doesn’t mean I can do whatever.

Jesus is the only way I am ever getting an eternal life in heaven.

God gave that Gift to us through Jesus. Jesus also willingly gave His life knowing it would save the lot of us. He gave it, no one could take it. I don’t feel He necessarily wanted to since while we were sleeping and He was praying. He said take this from Me. But not His will but God’s will. Jesus had the faith that God would do what He said. Another lesson.

Jesus is the best Teacher.

These are the things that I was taught in church. It wasn’t always rainbows and mountaintops.  It also convicted me in a way that felt good. I feared the LORD as He should be, and I loved Jesus as He should be :) I don’t know any other way to put it about Jesus. I love Him.

 

 

 

Author: Margaret from soulfood101blog

Praying the world will read God's Word for themselves, and not rely on what someone else tells them His Word says or means.

27 thoughts on “The Fear of God”

  1. I love the way your thoughts flowed Margret! The pictures you painted, the drama laced into your writing, bringing alive those scenes from the Bible, a blend of the old and new testament!! Balance is what we need in the church. God is love… and yes he loves us but he has standards set all for our own good anyway. Life will not always be rosy, there will be good days and unpleasant days to toughen our faith and resolve, to make us stronger not easily swayed by every wind of change. God bless you real good for sharing this.

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  2. That’s a good post sister!

    And I have been consolidating my posts where I can to tidy up my site.
    And you “liked” a post of mine about freewill verses.
    But I’ve since merged another post with that one, and since your “like” is still attached to a post that has been modified.
    I give you the link to that modified post in case you want to re evaluate your endorsement.

    https://leeposkey.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/freewill-calvinism-catholicism/

    God bless you and your family sister.

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      1. Oh my dear friend Peggy, He never gets sick of us. We would think so, as I have been full of self pity here as of late too. He knows what you are going through. He sees, no He FEELS your struggle, and He loves us so very much. He is strongest when we are weakest. This is the hope we have :) I believe with all my heart it is these times when the greatest blessings are waiting for us. There is nothing like a struggle to make us appreciate when it is over. :)

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      2. So true Margaret, I am ready to get off this roller coaster. Ha If you were near we could have a pity party – THEN straighten up and fly right. Have many many prayers being said for me – perhaps God will say yes soon. But do not despair – I never give up.

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  3. This is so true. I mainly will give inspirational quotes, but just lately I’ve been thinking that others need to know that this is not all that the Bible is about. It is there to correct us and to let us also know when we are doing wrong. Many times I will stick to the inspirational, but we all need to know the whole truth about the Bible. God do have requirements of us.

    All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

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    1. Amen Leola, very well said. We can appreciate our salvation through Jesus but it takes on a whole other level of appreciation when we learn what it meant before that gift :)

      I also find that the whole learning helps us see the mistakes we make are nothing new. But God still loved us enough to give us a Mediator, eternal life, and so many more lessons.

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      1. So true Margaret. There really is nothing new under the sun. Many things that happened back then is still happening today. We can learn from their mistakes and avoid some of the heartaches that they experience. Unfortunately we till fall into the same traps, but thank God for His everlasting love and tender mercies.

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  4. Amen! Well, I cannot speak for any other churches, but for the one I attend. Our Pastor doesn’t play when it comes to the Word. He lets the congregation knows that being a Christian is not always going to be smooth. We’re going to have the bad days, too. What you’ve listed, are basically what he preaches about. I love that he doesn’t sugarcoat the Word for anyone.

    I love how you ended this post about loving Jesus AS HE SHOULD BE and FEARING THE LORD AS HE SHOULD BE. May God continue to bless you, me dearest.

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    1. I am so happy you have a good God fearing church. I wonder how people appreciate the sacrifice that was made to save us if they aren’t taught the Almighty God of the Old Testament. God sacrificing His Son, and Jesus sacrificing Himself so that we could be saved. It’s hard to appreciate something like that unless you get the whole story.

      Oh my yes, the love for Jesus, our precious Saviour, and the fear of our Almighty God is one thing I can get right.

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