“Go up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!’ Behold, the LORD GOD comes with might, and His arm rules for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him. He will tend His flock like a Shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young… Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God’? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faith and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:9-11; 27-31
Originally I titled this post “Pure Awe of God and Her Fruit” because I see in Proverbs how wisdom is personified in the feminine form, and awe of God is the beginning of wisdom. May wisdom, that timeless personified virtue available to all of us become like a mother, sister, mentor, and constant companion. May we reverence her and find her to be captivating. May life spring up in us as we meditate on God and find Him to be as enjoyable as He is. The more we meditate on Him in the watches of the night and consider His ways in and around us, we more and more find our lives purifying out of love instead of self-sufficiency. We are slower to be captivated by the delicacies of this world, and we more quickly see them as the counterfeits that they are.
May we as a faith family under the headship of Christ and enter into a place of worship more and more often, caught up into His excellency and worth, His majesty and good pleasure. May His energy pulse through our spiritual veins, causing us to use every ounce of our physical energy for His glorification. May we reinterpret pleasure more and more every day to be an entering into closeness with our God with a lifestyle of worship and godly affections for our siblings in Christ and for the lost. May we treat one another with honor because we are captivated by the worth of our God, daily realizing how precious it is that He has given us each other as siblings!
As I’ve sought to be more and more vulnerable in my friendships both among family members and new and old friends, I’m experiencing an increased reverence for God. He is becoming more amazing to me, and I’m more aware of how much I do not deserve His kindness in my life. His favor on my life is baffling to me! We do not deserve His favor, friends, and the quicker we daily recognize this, the slower to judge and the slower to look down our noses at each other we will be. That said, we will more quickly recognize when to be in prayer for each other, because we will want to spur one another on to love and good works. We’ll be better equipped to encourage one another on in this life if we ourselves are striving in His grace to run well, all springing from His favor on our lives. May our obedience be unto death like our Savior (Phil 2). May we run hard until we return to Him in person – incredible that this is a reality for us! May we finish well, friends. Our Savior finished well and obeyed even to death on the cross in our place, so may our obedience to God be out of a pure awe in the presence of His holiness and power but also be an obedience springing from the grace we have been shown.
We have grace from God to be saved from Hell, saved to live godly lives, and saved to be united with Christ in person one Day in Heaven!
Let’s burn out well, friends, living lives together in awe of our holy and glorious God and in awe of His AMAZING GRACE in our lives.
Walking with you, friends, learning to not faint because we have the cross of Christ to remember WHO SAVED US, and walking with you, friends, knowing Who is coming again to save us from this sinful existence. We’re walking HOME, friends!
On pilgrim’s progress with you, friends.