Do you possess a healthy fear?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

An oracle is within my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before his eyes.
For in his own eyes he flatters himself
too much to detect or hate his sin.
The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful;
he has ceased to be wise and to do good.
Even on his bed he plots evil;
he commits himself to a sinful course
and does not reject what is wrong.
(Psalms 36:1-4 (NIV))

No fear of God!

Is it possible that we, as a society, have reached that very point in our existence? Individually, many of us profess a belief and a faith in God, yet, do we fear God? Do each of us truly fear what God can and will do to us if we have not accepted His Son, Jesus, as our personal Lord and Savior?

What about collectively? Do we, as a society, still have fear and reverence for the God of all creation, or do our very actions sling our sins directly into the very face of God? Do we acknowledge Him only at the personal level and leave Him out of anything that has to do with society?

How many pray during the day? Do you pray in the morning? Perhaps it is during the day, or do you pray at bed time? How many of us pray for God’s grace and then willingly do something that is contrary to what He asks of us? Personally, I don’t finish up prayers with any thoughts of breaking God’s heart, yet I am sure that it happens far too many times. I don’t intend to do this, but it happens. I feel remorse upon the realization of my actions.

It is a matter of attitude. We all sin. However, it is those who plot and scheme to do wrong that this passage speaks of. Is it just me, or does it seem that this type of sin is on the increase? This is what was written of in Psalm 36.

We live in interesting times. We must not be deceived by the sinful course that society appears to be taking. We must focus on Jesus. We must seek after God’s own heart in all that we do.

The fear of God is a healthy thing, for it shows that your understand the way in which His world works.

Do you fear God?

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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