Posted on July 17th, 2013 No comments
I once watched a little girl, about 4 years old, approach her father as he was preaching. In front of many people she walked right up to him. He gently patted her on the head and continued to speak. She moved quietly to a nearby table where some ladies with jellybeans sat. She reached out to get some, but some of the candy slipped through her little hands. Other hands quickly grabbed up the spilled treasure and put them back into her hands. She went back to her seat and enjoyed those jellybeans.
Can you approach your heavenly Father like a little child who trusts His love?
My picture illustrates this concept so well. The stallion is strong and powerful. An enemy needs to back off when he postures and walks out with his head held high and his muscles flexed. His confidence radiates from his presence. He is always ready and capable of protecting the foal from all enemies. Yet, his young one snuggles up to him in complete comfort because he knows his father is gentle too. He has no fear. He easily comes close and feels secure. He can lean into his father.
Early in my Christian walk, I was taught about the fear of God. My response to this teaching was to be afraid of Him. Can you confidently and boldly approach a Father who scares you? Will you see Him as someone who wants to protect you? I was also taught to read the Bible. I came across some verses that spoke of God as love, and that there was no fear in love. I read these words over and over. The words began to penetrate my soul. I learned to trust my heavenly Father. I have come to know through my experience that He is awesome, yet approachable and safe. When I sing His praises and worship Him, I mean it. I know Him as the One who has rescued me, whose everlasting faithful love is trustworthy.
God is love… There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment (1 John 16b-18 GNT).
I can lean on my heavenly Father in complete security.
So can you. Jesus proved His love. He died for you… and rose again!
Get to know Him. He is wonderful!