I did want to write one last thing (for now about our awe of God).
It should affect our attitudes.
It strikes me that with Euodia and Syntyche that was one thing they were lacking in their spat with one another. What exactly they were fighting about we don’t know, but one thing is clear: instead of looking at him, they were looking at themselves and each other.
How often do I do the same? I fail to stand in awe of God, so my focus turns inward, thinking about my rights, my “righteousness,” and what I deserve. More, I start criticizing others for not measuring up to my standards.
Awe should also affect how we see our problems. We remember that the Lord is near, and so we aren’t anxious about anything. Instead, with confidence and faith, we place all our needs before our Father, knowing that he will take care of them.
Right now, I have no huge worries, but I have in the past, and they were times of major stress for me. But God saw me through. I’d like to think that I’ve learned my lesson, but when the next crisis hits, will I be anxious, totally stressing out about my situation? Or will I rest?
More, awe should keep us content in the midst of hardship. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have, we worship and praise God for what we do have, particularly our salvation, but also the many other blessings that we so often take for granted.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (4:4)
Lord, help me to do just that.