Thursday, February 10 – Luke 7:16-17
Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has appeared among us!” and, “God has visited His people!” And this report about Him spread throughout Judea and in all the surrounding region.
Consider a moment a time when you were afraid. What caused you to feel that way? For many of us, fear comes when we don’t feel like we’re able to handle something on our own. Whether our fear is legitimate or not, we see something that makes us face our limits head-on and we feel afraid. After seeing the miracle we read about yesterday, the people were filled with fear. Now, Jesus hadn’t done anything scary, but His power was so magnificent and the miracle so amazing that it led them to fear as they faced their own limits. Jesus did something much more powerful than they could fathom a person doing. He overcame our greatest limit: death. But this fear was unique because, instead of making them run away, it led them to praise God.
How incredible that God can work through an emotion like fear. If we are honest with ourselves, we tend to fear God for different reasons. We are afraid of where He might take us if we say that we will go where He leads. We are afraid of what we will lose if we start to love others sacrificially. The fear in this passage was different: it came from awe of God, recognizing His greatness and authority over their own. Seeing all that God can do is a fearful thing. As we follow the Lord and see Him work, may we grow in our praise and adoration of Him instead of cowering away.
- Have you ever experienced the fear of the Lord described in this passage? What was that like?
- How has your faith forced you to face your limits? How does this impact your faith?
Pray and ask God to remind you what it truly means to fear Him.