It's a Mystery

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Do you have a healthy fear of God?

Pray: 

Holy and majestic God, You are so far beyond us and full of mystery and wonder. I bow in silence before You.

Read: 

Jeremiah 23:9-32

Reflect: 

Is your view of God too familiar?

It's easy to become overfamiliar with the Holy One. I heard of an instance recently at a worship gathering where the leader exhorted his congregation to "give it up for the big man upstairs." Intimacy, immediacy and access are all given to us through faith in Jesus, but we can only know in part.

The prophets described in this passage assume they can please their listeners by telling them what they want to hear, in the name of God (16,17). Dreams, hopeful outcomes and happy times ahead are all promised by these "spokesmen of God." It's all too easy and desirable to confuse sweet endings with God's will.

In this passage, the motive is power and influence. In our time, such a practice may have more to do with offering easy answers. On the other hand, gifts of prophecy and knowledge are given to build up the church. So a tricky question is now faced: how are these gifts of faith to be used with integrity? Paul the apostle points a way forward, marrying realism and grace, by speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15).

Apply: 

Examine yourself. Do you fear God? Do you view him in such a way that makes him "tame"?

Pray: 

If You withdrew Your Spirit and breath, all humanity would perish together (Job 34:14). Let us never make light of You.

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