Drawing near with Comfort and with Fear   Leave a comment

Chronicles 16:9

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

This has to be a really comforting thought that God Himself would strengthen the hearts committed to Him. Yet who can say his heart is fully committed to God? No one has loved God wholeheartedly as the first Commandments says we should…”You shall love the Lord your God with all your mind and all your heart and your neighbour as you love yourself.

Yet in Jesus we can rely on God who is there to strengthen those who depend on, rely on and come to Him with their failure and weaknesses, their sins and personality quirks. And do as He has commanded and just “Come”

The text here simple says “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him”….now perfect obedience is something that we attain by looking to Jesus. What we have here is some kind of assurance that God sees. He is ever watchful to strengthen those who come to Him, and cry to Him, in repentance and faith.

We live in the “Coram Deus” In plain sight of God who indwells eternity; somehow I cannot really get my mind around that. It is both a comfort and a fear that this thought brings. God sees you when you do well, and God sees you when you sin. God sees your very thoughts and God sees the very intentions of your heart. It is something that should bring comfort and it should bring fear.

It is with great comfort that I revert to the promise in Romans 8:31 ‘ God is for us….I greatly rejoice in this don’t you?

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Posted July 22, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Uncategorized

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