Words from the Heart for Sunday November 19th, 2017
Blessed is the one who always trembles in front of God. But anyone who makes their heart stubborn will get into trouble.
Proverbs 28:14 (NIRV)
Trembling in Front of God
Stubbornness is a very serious habit or response. Stubbornness opens the way for the enemy to gain control. As we live under the Lordship of Jesus, we will need to bend our will to His. In that way we are blessed. When we do not resist the Lord we can receive His “better way.” We will be protected and we will benefit. So will those around us.
Strong currents surge through the narrow entrance to British Columbia’s Seymour Inlet. In the middle of the Inlet stands the small Tremble Island (also known as Turret Rock), so called because it’s said to shake at peak tides, when the current races past at an overpowering 16-20 knots. One story tells of how an early land surveyor chose to stay on Tremble Island during a strong tide, but the island vibrated so violently that he was forced to cling to the roots of small bushes.
The God we serve has been revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ. He is known as Immanuel, God with us, and because of His sacrificial death on the cross, we come by faith into an intimacy with our Creator, so much so that He is our Father and we are His children. This is a great blessing and one of the foundational principles of the kingdom of God. The challenge is that He remains the great God of the universe, the Alpha and Omega, the great I AM. Proverbs 28:14 says, “Blessed is the one who always trembles in front of God. But anyone who makes their heart stubborn will get into trouble.” We who belong to Christ are blessed because we are invited into the presence of Almighty God any time and at any place. We enter boldly because of the righteousness of Christ. But we must never forget that God is still Almighty. It is the knowledge of His might, power and holiness that led us to recognize our sinfulness and draw us to Christ. It always does.
These have been words from the heart.