“Everything you go through as a Christian is a training exercise behind which God has a divine purpose. He did not save you so that you could cruise into paradise on a luxury liner; He saved you to prepare you to be of use in His kingdom. The moment you were born again, He enrolled you in His school of suffering. And every affliction, every trial, is another lesson in the curriculum.” David Wilkerson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:18
In Romans before revealing God’s wonderful plan of salvation in Jesus Christ, Paul lists four characteristics of the unregenerate: “No one is good. No one understands. No one seeks God. None fear God.”119 When you meet a person who begins to understand his depravity, seek, or fear God, you know that God is at work in him. During the description of God’s wrath in Revelation, again and again John tells us that “they repented not.”120 People do not naturally fear God. When people do fear God, a work of grace has begun in their hearts.
People do not want to fear God because of their commitment to their own autonomy and they do not want to have to give account for their behavior. If you understand that there are eternal consequences for temporal behavior, even for those secure in Christ, you will fear. Grace does not eliminate accountability. The absence of fear indicates a misunderstanding of God’s grace.
You must be careful lest God’s gracious dealing with you lulls you into believing that you need not fear Him. Love, hope, grace, and fear weave together into a beautiful tapestry of what a healthy relationship with God in your life looks like.
119 cf. Romans 3:10-18
Deuteronomy 16-18 Mark 13:1-20 (New King James Version)
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