February 3, 2018

Psalms 33:18-19… Behold, the eye of the lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love, that He may deliver their soul from death, and keep them alive in famine.

            A couple days ago, I wrote that “fear of the Lord” is not being afraid of Him. It is more like being in awe of Him. There is no one like Him.

Verses 6-7… By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; He puts the deeps in storehouses.

            How would you act if you met that individual? You would probably be in awe. Because He loves us, we are not afraid of Him. And the psalmist goes on…

“on those who hope in His steadfast love”  And there is another great word… “hope”. Hope is a God word. Without Him, we imagine things will get better but we can’t anticipate it. With God, we have hope. We anticipate and desire. We desire… knowing it is possible with God. We hope in His steadfast love. He has shown, over thousands of years, that His love is unchanging and steadfast. Put your hope in God; anything else will fail at some point. God will never fail. I remember a desk weight I had as a kid that said, “God never fails.”  I think my mom gave it to me. Sometimes, things like that seem corny to me, but looking back I can see that mom was putting stones in my foundation.

            He might not do what I want Him to, but He can. Knowing that He can is a comfort and a joy, until he doesn’t. Then we tend to get upset with Him, looking for reasons. When God doesn’t answer your prayers, how do you respond? The proper response is; “I guess He didn’t think that was best for me.” I had to find that in my own head several times. When my dad died, in a car wreck, I asked God to revive him. He didn’t and I had to figure out if I was ok with that. Then, as if to add to the intensity of that moment, my wife died and I asked God to revive her. I even used logic with Him; “The children need her.” Again, God did not do what I asked. Looking back, I can honestly see that God helped me through life and it has been wonderful. That is not the answer I was looking for at the time, but it is still an answer. Can I trust Him? Absolutely! Do I?