"Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.1 Samuel 12:24(NASB)
If we would but follow the wisdom contained in the Word of God, how our faith would be strengthened and how our fear would dissolve into the sea of God's gracious faithfulness.
When we look at the ever-mounting circumstances and troublous times that are overwhelming our lives, or watch in horror as the world situation continues to spiral downwards with increasing rapidity, too often we consider in our hearts that things are out of control, that this is too mighty a task for God to manage, that He is too impotent to intervene, or perhaps too distant to even notice that we are hurting and those we love have all but been swamped with fear and discouragement.
But this is not the truth of Scripture, nor it is the character of our gracious God, and once again His Word reminds us what to do in troublous times when our world is spiralling downwards with increasing rapidity. We are to trust in the Lord, reverence His name, walk in the truth, and consider what great and wonderful things He has done for us.
If we find it difficult to trust the Lord with our future, we need to look back to the past and consider all the great things that He has done for us. When we reflect on His never-failing faithfulness in the past, we will confidently trust our lives into His keeping in the future, even when mountainous circumstances appear likely to overwhelm us.
But trust in the Lord should not only be confined to the bad times – we should fear Him, trust Him, love and serve Him in spirit and truth, in times of ease as well as seasons of pain. Both good times and bad times demand that we reflect on the goodness of God and the great things that He has done. In seasons of poverty or plenty, our hope should rest on the Lord as we rejoice is the great things He has done in our lives.
No matter where we are in our Christian walk, whether far from God or quietly resting our head on His bosom, today is the day to fear the Lord – today is the day to trust the Lord and to serve Him with truth in our hearts.
Today is the day to consider what great things the Lord has done for you and to step confidently into the future, trusting in His never-failing faithfulness.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the great things that You have done in my life, and for Your never-failing faithfulness. I want to reverence You more and walk in truth before You. I know that no matter what happens in my life, whether good or bad, You will always be there to lead, to guide, and to comfort. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.