Fear the Lord your God...
Father Gods deep love for you His Children:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10

Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today
Deuteronomy 10:15

 

As you may have spotted by now, I usually try and share our Fathers love for us in these quiet times, and remind us of the love that His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ has for us. I usually talk about the relationship we have with our Father, and that we can approach Him only because of what our Lord Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. Because our Father God desperately wants to have a relationship with us, He made a way through His Son Jesus. I usually try and encourage you to to talk to Both Lord Jesus and Father God, and share your heart with them, to build up your relationship with them.

 

However, there is always another aspect to bear in mind here, which is that our Father in Heaven, Is God Almighty, Holy and Pure. His Son Lord Jesus was and is instrumental in the construction and running of our world.

 

Deuteronomy 10:12-15 says:

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

 

To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today

 

And Proverbs 9:10 also says:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

 

So how do we reconcile these 2 very important aspects of the Christian walk?

How does having a close, personal relationship with Father God, and Lord Jesus work with fearing the Lord your God?

 

Well the example I think the Lord has given me lies with my relationship with my own father...

 

My dad used to be a policeman for many years, certainly all the way through my childhood and upbringing. He was a police constable on the beat for many years, before becoming a Sergeant still working in a very public facing roll. I knew from a young age that my dads work was very serious, he was always meticulously dressed in uniform each day he went to work. I knew there was always an inspection and parade before his work started, and then his job was to enforce the law. Thankfully back then there was more grace involved in the job than there appears to be now, and the police certainly had more respect and honour back then than now. I knew there were times he would arrest people, times he went to court to explain what had happened and why he had arrested someone. I knew there were times he would have to sort trouble out in bar fights, and times when he was involved in car chases and worse. I knew the police force were very serious and very much respected. They were held to high account and had much power to bring people to justice.

 

But this same man who enforced the law is my dad. I remember I would always say good bye to him before he went to work. I remember hugging his leg when I was very little to say good bye. I remember sitting on his lap either him reading to me or me trying to read to him. I remember as I grew older, my dad and I would do more practical things together, and I always really enjoyed helping him to build things, or repair the car, or decorate. I always enjoyed spending time with him, BUT I learn early on in life that if I crossed the line, things would get really serious really quickly! I learnt that respect for my dad, I guess like we learn reverence and respect for our Father God. Equally as a youngster I could always run up to my dad and hug him, or jump on his lap. I think the parallel to this is that our Father God in Heaven desperately wants to have that close, special and personal relationship with each of us, but He wants the respect and honour He so richly deserves.

 

The fear that is mentioned in Deuteronomy 10:12-15 and Proverbs 9:10 is not the paralysing fear which separates us from of Father God, but rather the fear of not following in His ways. It can mean the fear of His judgement and its consequences. Maybe it can be about the fear of His discipline for us. I remember being fearful of the discipline that my dad might bring if I crossed the line, but both my dad, and Father God both discipline us because they care for us and want to steer us away from danger or future hurts, as any good parent does. But as children, we certainly fear upsetting our parents, and yet in the same breath we quite happily would play with our parents.

 

Lets take a moment to think about the relationship we had with our parents , and in the best way they could at the time, how they tried to teach us respect for them, but equally tried in their own way to love us. Lets discuss this with our Father in God Heaven and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Lets also think about how we are, have been, or would like to be as parents with our children and how we would want our children to respect us, but equally we really want them to love us out of their own choice. Lets pray for wisdom, grace and love that we can be the best parents and grandparents that we can be.

 

 

With this in mind, lets think about our relationship with our Father God in Heaven, ruler of the universe, creator of all things, yet the most loving and intimate Father who just loves and adores you! Lets come before our Father in Heaven as little children, reverentially but full of love and wanting a close personal relationship. Let ask our Father in prayer what He would like us to change or do more of in our relationship with Him.

 

Lets continue to work on our relationship daily, remembering to say good morning to Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ when we get up in the morning, and say good night to Him in the evening. Lets remember to say thank you for all He does for us each day, and say sorry when we do things wrong. Most of all, Lets remember to bring our challenges, our hurts and our worries before our Father God and ask for His advice and guidance. Lets remember we can and should turn to our Lord Jesus and Father God when things get hard going. Equally lets remember to share the good times with our Lord Jesus and Father God as well.

 

As my confession to you, I can say I am usually ok saying good morning to Lord Jesus and Father God, but often forget to say good night to them. It is still a work in progress for me.

 

 

Lets finish in prayer,

 

Father God, thank you for this time today where we can consider how the fear of the Lord works with your love, and grace. Thank you for your wish for us to be your children, to approach you in reverence, respect and fear, but equally as children, full of hope, excitement, and love. Help each of us to understand how you see this. What can we change to please you Father God and Lord Jesus Christ? Help us to be pleasing in your sight, and put a smile on you face each day. Lord Jesus, please help us in our walk each day with You and Father God, that we become the people you want us to be. Please help us through each day with the challenges that we face, knowing you are right there with us wanting the best for us. Help us to support and encourage each other in our walk with you. Help us to share your love each day with those around us. Most of all, thank you for being our Father God, our loving Father in Heaven. Thank you for all you do for us each day Lord Jesus, Amen.