The questions: how do I build a stronger faith or a more robust fear of God; how do I overcome consuming lust are the questions being considered in this series of posts.
Our fourth directive for doing this was to develop and sustain a strong faith or a robust fear of God you must not only hear and study God’s Word, but you must also meditate on it. On this post, I want to continue and conclude this series by mentioning some additional guidelines for accomplishing this.
At this point, since we are continuing the theme of the previous post, you may find it helpful to review the contents of that previous blog.
If you want to develop and sustain a robust fear of God “Be still and reflect on the mighty works of God.
The connection between doing this and developing godly fear is clearly illustrated in Exodus 14:31. In the earlier part of message 14 God’s people are between a rock and a hard place. They have just been released from cruel slavery to the Egyptians and are making their way toward the land of
They have come to the Red Sea only to discover that the Egyptians have changed their minds about letting them go and are now pursuing them with the determination of making them return. On the one side they face the Red Sea and on the other the powerful armies of Egypt with their chariots and horsemen. In marvelous ways God protected and delivered them. “And the angel of God, who had been going before the camp of
Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. And the sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and … went in after them into the midst of the sea. And it came about … that the Lord … brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion. And he caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty, so the Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them …’ Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state …; then the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea …; not even one of them remained. … Thus the Lord saved
Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians …” (Exodus 14:19-30).
God did a mighty thing for His people that day; something that no man or group of men could have done. Well, what impact did this mighty act have on the Israelites? Scripture says that “when Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord …” (Exodus 14:31) Miriam puts their God fearing response in words as she composes a song which is found in Exodus 15. In the middle of that song, Miriam says, “Who is like Thee, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11) As Miriam and other Israelites reflected on God’s mighty acts their fear of God was increased. When we look at the context of the verse about being still and knowing that He is God (Psalm 46:10), we find that it is surrounded by reminders of God’s great and mighty acts. In the context, the Psalmist talks about God providing a river whose streams make glad the city of
God. He mentions God being our refuge and strength, a very present help. He refers to His ability to melt the earth with His voice. He encourages us to, “Come, behold the works of the Lord”. He mentions God’s ability to bring desolation and make wars cease to the end of the earth. He informs us that God can overcome and destroy the mightiest of military weapons. He indicates that these weapons are no match for God. It’s easier for God to snap the mightiest weapons in two than it is for us to snap a toothpick in two. What is he saying but that we should be still and while being still we should think carefully about the mighty acts of God? Scripture says that “God made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of
Israel.” (Psalm 103:7).
From its beginning to its end, the Bible is filled with reminders of the great things God has done. This ought to cause us to ask, “Why does God do this? Why is He constantly reminding us of these mighty acts? Why are they recorded for us? Was God just filling space by doing this? Were these things recorded just for informational, historical purposes?” Obviously not! They were recorded for some very practical purposes, for motivational purposes. And without a doubt, one of chief motivational purposes for which these accounts are found in the Bible is to motivate us to a deeper and fuller fear of God.
So if you want to develop and sustain a robust fear of God, be still and reflect often on the mighty acts of God. Think much about the mighty acts of your God and you will have much fear; think little about the mighty acts of your God and you will have little fear; think not at all about the mighty acts and you will have no fear of God at all. (Deuteronomy 4:9; Joshua 4:20-24; I Samuel 12:24)