[No fear in love]
It always frustrates me that I can’t teach trust. I figure that if a person could just trust God, then they could get past the fear, and in a sense this makes sense, but I think I’ve had it backwards.
It’s not a matter of learning to trust God, but rather a matter of getting to know Him because that fear that holds us back is really just a huge misunderstanding of who we believe God to be; it’s a misunderstanding that with knowing Him, and being perfected (or trained) in His love will dispel. It’s more of an unlearning or a relearning, than a learning. We begin to trust Him, as we would anyone else, by getting to know Him.
So How Do We Get To Know God?
Step one will always be seeking Him. If you look up the word “seek” this is how it’s been defined:
- Lacking, yet not found.
- To search for someone or something.
- To try to find some one or something
- To ask for
- To try to get or achieve.
These are all very apt descriptions. To seek God is a pursuing of Him.
There’s a false belief that you have to be perfect to come to God. This belief may cause some to avoid Him, or think that they have to clean themselves up before they seek Him. It can’t be done. God doesn’t expect this from us either. He calls sinners to come as they are, so that He may do what we could never do on our own.
“This is what the Lord says: “Come now, let us reason together,” (settle the matter) says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are crimson they shall be like wool.”” Isaiah 1:18
Mercy and Grace
His abounding mercy and grace is offered BEFORE we even take those step towards repentance. What this means is that His arms are wide open just waiting to receive us with His unfailing love.
Perfection is God’s domain, not ours. He does the precision work on our hearts and in our lives AS we draw near to Him.
One Step Away
You truly are only one step away. If you haven’t heard the song One Step Away by Casting Crowns, I encourage you have a listen. I hope it speaks to your heart, and leads you into, or, as the case may be, back into, His open arms.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” —1 John 4:18