Text: Acts 9; Joshua 7-8
Speaking of the early Church, and following the conversion of that great persecutor, Saul of Tarsus, Luke writes:
“…walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit it multiplied.” (Acts 9:31)
The Lord is indeed fearsome, Holy, righteous and just. He is a God who pours wrath out on sin and indeed upon sinners. In our flesh and in our temptations, we are prone to distance ourselves from this truth. Yet we ought never forget the awful consequences of sin. Fear is in fact commanded of us in our relationship with the Lord.
At the same time, The Lord is loving, compassionate, merciful and kind. We have been forgiven our sins by the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit has ushered us into a reality defined by kindness and love, intimacy and even friendship with this same, frightful God. The Spirit is our constant companion to remind us that we are living in grace, forgiven and set free. The motive for our obedience is love, not fear. We live safe and secure, but we also abide with a fearsome God. And so the tension – we live in both the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of His Spirit love in our life in Christ. Is the fear of the Lord in your life? How about the comfort of the Holy Spirit? Feeling the challenge?
in Him, Mike