|“The phrase “fear not” appears approximately seventy-five times in the Old Testament, always in reference to temporal circumstances. God’s people are taught to fear Him and only Him. “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” Psalm 34:11 Fear is not just an emotion that paralyses. Rather it has the element of understanding and reason that is the product of understanding the character of God. Man is never told to “fear not” God.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee.”‘ John 17:1
During the years of His ministry our Lord anticipated His coming hour. He knew He faced a time of supreme testing. It had now come. He prayed in the Garden knowing that He stood under the shadow of the cross. He said that His ability to glorify the Father was dependent upon the Father glorifying the Son.
When my wife and I watched our child die, I knew that the only hope I had of giving glory to the Father lay in His willingness to glorify me with His presence, giving me the ability to glorify Him. I had no natural power to respond biblically reflecting His glory as we passed through “the valley of the shadow of death.” 269 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”270
When you pass through the fire of adversity, and Scripture assures you that you will,271 call upon the Father to do for you what He did for His Son. Do not try to glorify God in your own strength. Acknowledge as did Jesus, that without His presence you will be unable to respond properly to your time of testing.
269 Psalm 23:4
Psalm 18-19 Acts 20:17-38 (New King James Version)
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