|First Timothy 3:1-13
Psalms 101:1-2, 2-3, 5, 6
"Fear seized them all and they began to praise God. 'A great
prophet has risen among us,' they said; and 'God has visited his people.'"
In this story, Jesus does just that. "Then Jesus gave him back
to his mother." It brings tears to my eyes.
Maybe fear is natural in the face of God's awesome power. But it still seems odd to me.
We spend our lives yearning for some assurance that we have a protector,
an advocate, some sign that ultimately, there is security for us.
Then when we're suddenly face-to-face with the reality that, yes, we do
have all of that, we're . . . afraid?
Fear has its uses. It protects us from real dangers.
But it is an inappropriate tool if I'm trying to get closer to God.
Today I pray that God will help me put aside my inappropriate, silly fears.
I pray that I may instead focus on this mother's heart-bursting joy as
she hears her once-lost son speak.
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