Zechariah 12:1 (KJV) 12The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
Our Lord’s reach touches the farthest and the closest of His creation.
When He tells us not to worry, it’s because there’s really no reason to. God is the Sovereign ruler of everything and everyone. Even when things and people are spinning out of control, He’s still in total control.
We have free will. We may not completely understand His ways. We may not comprehend how He works all things for the good of those who love Him and those who are the called according to His purpose—both our good times and bad times. We may not understand how the devil is allowed to roam around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour, how the devil seems to be influencing the vast majority of people, and yet at all times, God is victoriously utilizing all of the devil’s schemes and works to end up serving His purposes. When people saw defeat on the cross, He was triumphantly parading His vanquished enemies in the open.
We still don’t know the ultimate limits of our universe. We still don’t fully know the most detailed outworking of our body parts. We still don’t accurately and consistently predict weather and earthquakes, but we know our God—little but enough knowledge to be sure that in all of them, we can rest confidently in Him—His awesome power, and His unending love. The universe is incalculably huge. It takes a lot of work to keep them in order and working well. But it’s nothing that He can’t handle. Amidst all of that macrocosmic management, we’re still in the very center of His heart and sight.
1 Peter 4:11 (KJV) 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
We’re all gifted. Our extra-ordinarily gracious Father and God lavishes us with awesome gifts. He also enables us to use our gifts faithfully. This interplay of God’s amazing graciousness and our humble stewardship of His gifts result in the glorification of our Benefactor.
God knows, desires, and does what’s best for us. He chooses the kind of gifts we need. We gladly aceept the lot we’re given. No complains. The clay never questions the Potter. He Who knows everything, can do anything, and loves us most can be trusted with all we are.
We appreciate Him for being such a good and loving Father. We appreciate every gift He’s given us. And we show the sincerity of our delight and gratefulness through the way we care for and use His gifts. We don’t neglect them, misuse them, and abuse them. We give our best.
Although the influence of or pressure from the world is strong, our eyes are set: soli Deo gloria; we live for the glory of God alone. Sure, being rich and famous has a ring to it—a loud ring to many. Others go all out in using God’s gifts for their own aggrandizement. Not us; we understand that living for self-glorification is nothing compared to living for the honor or Him from Whom all our blessings flow—the greatest Being there is in existence.
Ephesians 3:19 (KJV) 19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
One of the ways we can be filled with all the fullness of God is by knowing the love of Christ. Although his love is beyond full comprehension, it isn’t beyond partial comprehension. And God has given us the wisdom we need so we can keep growing in our knowledge and understanding of His love: in its width, length, height, and depth. God want us to live out His fullness; we want to live out the fullness of life and power that He gives us. Knowing, experiencing, living out and living in the love of our Lord Jesus has a direct correlation with living out God’s life and power.
Some believers often have “unspoken” preference between power and fruit of the Holy Spirit; they emphasize one over the other. Perish the thought that I’m implying what they’re doing is wrong. Personally, I conscientiously try my best to teach the importance of both. Both have its merits, both are important to God. Both are connected. God strengthens us with His Spirit and invites us to a greater understanding of His love so we can live in His strength and power, and do so with love as our motivation.
People, especially the lost, need to see the reality of God. In our particular generation, there are many who would no longer listen to reason. There are so many who are set in their beliefs—reasonable or unreasonable. Many are no longer open and willing to dialogue. Blindness is so prevalent. Lies are rampant, acceptable, and promoted in order to support and push their beliefs and agenda. It’s in this milieu that manifestations of unconditional love and miraculous power of God through us may have greater impact. Reason, love, power—all these are important; God has given and made them all available to us; we utilize all of them, and we grow in all of them.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 (KJV) 5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
Words are innately powerful. Combine that with the Holy Spirit, the power becomes infinitely multiplied (really hard to come up with the appropriate description because each of them is already infinite in their power). Most probably, the context refers to a manifested and/or demonstrated and/or visible power. Imagine the effectiveness and the credibility of a ministry that possesses both.
And even more, we have genuine lives—messengers who are full of integrity. This shows us why a ministry becomes unquestionably effective, efficient, and expansive. These three powerful factors working together as we serve each other and reach out to the needy and “hopeless” is much better than missing even one of them. God loves us greatly as His children that we are lavishly graced with all of them. God loves those who we serve greatly that He wants them to have undeniable proofs of His reality so that they would turn to Him and also live the best life anyone can ever live—the life of a believer.
2 Samuel 17:14 (KJV) 14And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.
The Lord can easily and literally spoil the wisdom and the plans of the enemy. If He has to do that in protecting us, He will. If only our enemies realize how powerful our God is and how much our heavenly Father loves us and cares for us, they will not dare attacking us at all. It’s their disbelief and/or misunderstanding of our God and us—His people—that makes them continue in a futile exercise of going against us.
We pray for them; we don’t wish them harm. But they end up hurting themselves when they try to harm us. They fall on their own trap. Our God is our strong tower, our mighty fortress; no one and nothing can penetrate His defenses; no weapon formed against Him and against us will prosper. We stand secure under His protective arms. I humbly admit, I don’t understand how God does everything. But He can orchestrate everything to His expected end without violating anyone’s free will. That’s why we fear God (yes, it’s not wrong to fear God; it’s in fact, very biblical. And yes, we don’t need to always qualify it every time we state that truth), and we don’t fear people.
Simply, we rest in Him and the truth that through the complexities of all situations, all people, all opinions, all His Words, all His ways—we may not understand everything, but through it all, we are well taken care of. And that’s enough for us.
Numbers 11:23 (KJV) 23 And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
The Lord’s question is rhetorical. There’s not a moment when God’s power has ever drained. There has not failed one word of all His promises. All His promises, in Christ, are “yes” and “amen.” We have confidence in Him; there’s no reason to murmur, complain, or be disappointed. He still provides a road in the wilderness; He still pours down rain from heaven, and He still makes the sun to shine.
“His eyes are on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me.” He watches over us. His hands still always give us light in the darkness, salvation from our sins, peace in the middle of chaos, protection from all dangers. That’s why we’re fearless—whatever happens to the world, whatever others do to us. His mighty arms are still able to prepare a table before us even in the presence of our enemies. We may be surrounded by those who want to do us harm, but our hearts beat quietly and we sleep peacefully through the night.
Exodus 19:16 (KJV) 16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
I wonder how we’d feel when we come face to face with the Almighty Creator. The imagery of thunders and lightnings creates some sense of shock and awe. Imagine them concentrated on one specific location. Add to them a thick cloud and a tremendously loud blast of trumpet. Fear, a deep reverential, awe-filled fear—that’s the only natural reaction we can think about when faced with power—sights and sounds of such incredible magnitude.
It’s understandable that people trembled. However, with all the awesomeness all the combined powers of nature manifest, they’re really nothing compared to the awesome power and greatness of God. It stands to reason why His call for us not to fear any man excludes Him. We fear no man and nothing, but we’re rightly commanded to fear the Lord. Fearing Him isn’t contradictory to loving Him. It’s not a case of either-or; it’s both.