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How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God’s high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The kingdom that we belong to as children of God is not of this world, and therefore we are not yet in our permanent dwelling place–heaven. With our position as sinners behind us and the reality of sin still in our lives we look forward to the hope which is heaven and all that is within it. What have we to fear? To live is Christ and to die is gain. And this supernatural courage isn’t just that which we need in times of mortal danger, but in times of uncertainty and doubt in respect to our financial situations, education, family life, friendships, work life, etc… All these carry with them at some point an aspect of fear, and as Christians we are to seek how to glorify God most high. We have a mighty God and if we truly believe upon Him then the dark fears and anxieties in our life will soon be wash away in the presence of His comforting light.
Who are we to draw near to the Most High? In the old covenant we were closer to God than we deserved, and the new leaves us speechless in view of Gods great mercy and grace. I, a sinner, a covenant breaker, am now not only being asked to draw near, but I am commanded and compelled to draw near. This is true grace, because even if the offer was placed before me in my sin I would reject it. But God shows His love for me not in that I loved Him, but that He loved me and died for me so that I might spend all of eternity with Him. We love Him because He first loved us. The Almighty has called us to draw near, and He has provided the means to do so: His Son Jesus Christ, crucified for the sin of the world. We have been washed by His blood and are now grafted into the family of God. What can wash away my sin? NOTHING but the blood of Jesus. Don’t waste this night, draw near to your heavenly Father.