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Mar 30

Weird Stuff – Love, Fear & Paradox

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

“…the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love…” [Psalm 33:18]

True fear and genuine love seem paradoxical; nonetheless, they are biblical.

A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think of God is the most important thing about us.”

If we could inquire of every person we happened to see on the streets of the Twin Cities, “What comes into your mind when you think of God?” we might be able to anticipate their spiritual future.

I follow a loving and compassionate God.   That same God also accept responsibility for some painful tragedies.

Jeremiah wept as his city was overrun.  Enemy forces devastate Jerusalem and Jeremiah wrote, “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?” [Lamentations 3:38-39]

The Bible challenges us to ask hard questions of God; paradoxes, apparent absurdities.

Should we be afraid of God [Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 1 Sam. 12:13-25], or should we not be afraid [Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Jn. 4:17,18]?

Both are equally valid; they are biblical like it or not, believe it or not.

As a Bible-believing Jesus-follower I believe that I have a moral obligation to teach the entire text of Scripture as difficult as some sections might be to explain.

We should not be so afraid of the reaction against God that we do not disclose the truth about God.

Note – I quoted A.W. Tozer’s book The Knowledge of the Holy.  It’s a very thought-provoking book.

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