Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?
(Psalms 56:10-11 (NIV))
Do we accept the fact that we are all sinners?
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))
Do we accept the gift of grace freely given out of the great love that God has for us?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
(John 3:16-21 (NIV))
Do we love to praise the Lord? Do we believe that there is no one higher than our God?
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:31 (NIV))
If we believe these things, then why do we still cower in fear when the fallen, sinful world sends something our way? Why do we fail to recognize the power that is in the very hands of the one in whom we say we believe? In other words, we should have nothing to fear! When we come to this realization, then it becomes so much easier to praise, and when it becomes so easy to praise, we place more and more of our trust in the Lord.
So, guess what! Praise and fear just don’t mix!