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Psalm 34:11 – Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the LORD.
Twenty-first century America is truly a consumer society. And what is the goal of life if you believe you are descended from monkeys and that the grave will be your final destiny? To feel good while you can. To grab the gusto. To live life without limits. To live with no fear. To try everything at least once, and if it feels good, to do it again. After all, you wouldn’t want to lie on your death bed wishing that you’d tried just that one more thing, would you? Just missing out on one single thing could spell the difference between feeling like your life was complete and fulfilled or not. What a terrible way to live!
The real danger comes when the church starts to take its cues from the world around us, instead of the other way around. When the church accommodates to a feel-good goal and it centers its existence on programs and activities to the expense of the truth, the church is, as Chuck Colson put it, “…in danger of trivializing the holy.”
Russell Kirk said: “He who admits no fear of God is really a post-Christian man; for at the heart of Judaism and Christianity lies a holy dread.”
How are you doing in your own family about teaching your children to fear the Lord, as David said he would do? How is your church doing? Or do you only present the feel-good, warm-and-fuzzy cuddle-bunny gospel? God is not to be trifled with. He never was and never will be that kind of God. When we only teach and preach a gospel that makes us feel good, that takes away any fear of God’s discipline on us as His children, we are in serious trouble. Hebrews 12:6 (NLT) says: For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes those he accepts as his children. If God loves you, He WILL discipline you when you step out of His pathway. He doesn’t do it to be capricious, but because He loves you. And while it may not be pleasant, we can always know He has our best at heart.
PRAYER: It is good to have a Father like You who loves us enough to discipline us when we need it. Thank You for Your gentleness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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