God has been speaking to me about coming to grips with fearing Him.
Yes. I understand He loves me, and I know he’s good! But He is also a warrior with a passsion for the holiness. The fact that He is good, is scary. Because I’m not good at all. He wants my heart and all of it. He is a jealous God. Like Hosea, he keeps pursuing me, pursuing us, while we worship other things instead of Him.
Do we fear his goodness? The fact that God is just? The fact that some will say “Lord, Lord” and not enter the kingdom of God.
Sometimes we forget that God is Holy, and God is sovereign.
We make Jesus into this little pocket version who we can pull out of our purse when we need something. That’s not how it works.
Jeremiah 5:20-40 (New International Version)
20 “Announce this to the house of Jacob
and proclaim it in Judah:
21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,
who have eyes but do not see,
who have ears but do not hear:
22 Should you not fear me?” declares the LORD.
“Should you not tremble in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,
an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
they may roar, but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts;
they have turned aside and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
‘Let us fear the LORD our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains in season,
who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
your sins have deprived you of good.
26 “Among my people are wicked men
who lie in wait like men who snare birds
and like those who set traps to catch men.
27 Like cages full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
they have become rich and powerful
28 and have grown fat and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it,
they do not defend the rights of the poor.
29 Should I not punish them for this?”
declares the LORD.
“Should I not avenge myself
on such a nation as this?
30 “A horrible and shocking thing
has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy lies,
the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
But what will you do in the end?