May 11, 2021

Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. (Psalm 25:12-14)

As I read (Psalm 25:12-14) this morning, it reminded me of a story I once heard about a brother and sister fishing off the coast of a Caribbean Island when their charted fishing boat sank. They survived more than seventeen hours in the water before swimming in an unknown direction and finally washing up on a desolate island. When asked how they survived the ordeal, they mentioned how the initial fear of drowning was overwhelming. Then they spoke of the fear of shark bite. Then the fear that they were isolated as the rest of the crew went missing. Those fears drove them to start swimming. They had to move. One fear rose to the top of their collective and mounting fears and urged them to swim, even though the captain had told them to remain with the rest of the crew, and the SOS would eventually be answered.

Fear is the driving force that causes some of us (in a predicament) to freeze and some of us to move. In (Psalm 25:12-14), David (the author) referred to a fear of the Lord as a state of awe, reverence, attention, adoration, and respect. Fear of the Lord should drive us to action. To raise above the clutter in our hectic days. That fear should cause us to live, love, and lead more like the God we adore, are in awe of, and fear.

Friends, are you in awe of God? Are you fearing the God of all creation, and are you drawn to Him with a passion that calls you to action – an action that leads you to your rescue in times of need? Would you pray with me:

Heavenly Father, Lord, I admit that I have allowed doubt to settle in my heart. The uncertainty in this world and my concern for the future has caused my focus to stray from You. Lord, forgive me. Help me to delight in You. Lord, I commit my desires to You; I will wait on You to move. Thank You for keeping me in perfect peace. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Remind me of Your commitment to me. Remind me of those moments when Your hand was clearly present in my life. I praise You for Your presence, and I put my trust in You. I kneel before Your feet! In Jesus Name, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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