39 …then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.
40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.
Today’s Inspiration: Jeremiah 32:39-40 tells us that God’s everlasting covenant to us is that He will never stop doing good for us and our children and will inspire us to fear Him so that we will never turn away from Him. In v41 He told us that He will rejoice in doing good for us and will surely plant us in this land with all His heart and all His soul. Indeed our God is faithful. You maybe going through trial and about to flee but God said He will prosper you once again in this land. His promises is eternal. V42.
Are you in this plight right now? Perhaps God is dealing with you on His concept of devotion to Him and it’s time to reflect on the measure of your fear and love of God. Fear and love of God are the foundation stones of our devotion to God.
The fear of God is a timeless truth. Do not have the misconception that the fear of God in now replaced with the Revelation of the love of God in Christ. In fact, all scriptures are applicable for our way of life and His truth stands forever. In fact Acts 9:31 recorded the Church multiplied in their walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. In short, the fear of the Lord is the soul of Godliness.
Devotion to God is impossible without the heart filled with the fear of the Lord. The fear of God must influence and regulate our conduct. Only God-fearing Christian can truly appreciate the love of God. The more we see God in His infinite majesty, Holiness, and transcendent glory, the more we will gaze at Cavalry with the wonders and amazement of how much is His sacrificial love for us. Psalmist David worshipped God with reverence with the psalm that if the Lord were to mark our transgressions, who would stand but with Him there is forgiveness, so He should be feared. Psalm 130:3-4.
In the practice of Godliness, we must seek to grow in the fear of God and in an ever increasing comprehension of the love of God. As we mature in Him, we must be increasingly aware of God’s Holiness and our own sinfulness. In his letter to young Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:15 he is no longer thinking of his past nor comparing himself to other mature believers who are way behind him in their devotion to God. However, when he compared himself to the Holiness of God, he declared himself as the worst of all sinners. Don’t we feel that way always that when we saw the amazing work done for us by the Lord, we begin to wonder who we are that God should grant us such goodness and we always consider ourselves as the worst of sinners when we measure ourselves according to His standards? The more he sees God’s love and mercy towards him as he grew in the knowledge of God, the more he sees God’s love for him as a sinner saved by grace and mercy of God and the more his heart reaches out in the fear and adoration of Him. This is why he wrote so much of God’s love for us especially in Romans 8:39. His love is unchanging and unconditional.
Does this apprehension of God’s unconditional love for us in Christ leads us to live life carelessly? Not at all. It’s time to reflect on our fear of Him and our love for Him as to whether this leads to an increasing devotion to Him. Devotion to God is therefore not a warm affectionate feeling towards God but Christ’s sacrificial love as Paul testified should compel us to live not for ourselves but for Christ who died for us and now resurrected and interceding for our lives and watched over us daily. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Psalm 121:3. God be praised if your devotion to Him is increasing!.