Don’t You Fear God? Luke 23

30 Dec

Reading through Luke chapter 23 this morning, the words of the criminal crucified beside Christ struck me. He was speaking to the other criminal who hung on the far side of  Christ Jesus–the one who’d been hurling insults at Jesus.

“Don’t you fear God?” he said.  See Luke 23:40

Though the man hung on a cross next to Jesus, suffering and dying, he believed. He still feared God. Still dared to believe Jesus was the Messiah and there was a kingdom Christ would be ushered into, and there was a point to what was taking place.

I’m reminded of the lines in One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. She wrote that she’d claimed the “yes” of believing God, but lived the no.

Don’t you fear God?

To fear God is to be reverent of His mighty authority and power. To recognize his infinite might alongside his infinite love.

Sometimes I sense we focus so heavily on the love and forgiveness, we fail the rightful dose of fear. Doesn’t the fear of God go hand and hand in the surrender to God? To whatever he brings?

The first verse of Job tells us he was a man who feared God and shunned evil. And don’t we think of Job as  synonymous with suffering?

Yes, Job suffered much loss, much anguish and grief. Yet, the second half of his life was more blessed than the first, than before the suffering. (See Job 42:12 – 17)

Job told his wife, “Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?”  see Job 2:10

Lord, it’s hard. It’s scary. I’d rather fear you and have it go well all my days. But I fear you always. I choose to surrender to you in the good and in the trouble.

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7 Responses to “Don’t You Fear God? Luke 23”

  1. Susan Stilwell December 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    So true! We might know to confess it with our mouths, but the part about believing it in our hearts… doesn’t always match up, does it?

    Thanks, Jeanette! May your surrender open the door for His very best in the new year!!

    • Jeanette Edgar December 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      Susan, that is one of my favorite verses! Yes, I think sometimes we forget the believing part involves our hearts, not only our heads. Happy New Year!

  2. verna December 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Thank you, Jeanette for this worthy post. May we remain with an awesome fear reverence for our mighty Father in heaven.

    • Jeanette Edgar December 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      Thanks for commenting, Verna. Hope it is a blessed year ahead for you and your Jeff :)

  3. Glenda Mills December 30, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these truths, Jeanette. I love the verse that says the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
    Glenda

    • Jeanette Edgar December 31, 2011 at 1:47 am #

      Yes, me too. And Prov 14:27 calls the fear of the LORD a fountain of life. Lovely.

  4. Vonda Skelton December 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Yes, unless we accept 100% of both His grace and His judgement, we do not know the real God of all eternity. Thanks for the reminder.

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