“Let all that I am praise the Lord.” Ps 103:2 NLT
The Bible equates God with light, and light with holiness. “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1Jn 1:5 NIV). Paul said that God dwells in “unapproachable light” (1Ti 6:16 NIV). Scripture refers to Christ “who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners” (Heb 7:26 NIV). So how should you approach such a God? As you would an auditor when your books don’t balance? Or a dictator who holds the power of life and death? No, Jesus told us to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Mt 6:9). There’s your answer! You must come to God as a father who loves you dearly and desires only what is best for you, while always regarding Him with profound reverence. As your awe of God expands, your fears in life will diminish. A big view of God translates into big courage; a small view of God generates no courage at all. A puny God can’t help you when cancer strikes, your family is in trouble, or you’ve no way to pay your bills. A “do-me-a-favor” Jesus may look good stuck on your dashboard, but that image can do nothing for your fears. You need an awesome God, who, while diminishing your ego, enlarges your faith and blows your mind. David wrote: “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things” (Ps 103:2-5 NLT).
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