One time my wife was talking on the phone while she was cooking on top of the stove. Suddenly, the oil in the pan caught fire and before she knew it, dangerous flames were leaping upward and going into the exhaust fan. As you can well imagine, she became very frightened. But all of a sudden, a fireman appeared at the door—someone she knew from our church. The alarm system in the house had automatically called the fire department. Thanks be to God, nothing serious had happened and my wife felt so reassured.
Isaiah teaches us that if you are close to the Lord and seek to find shelter and safety in God then you need not fear anything at all. When we are close to the Lord and connected to God, then a kind of alarm will go off right way when some bad things are beginning to happen. The Lord will be right there to protect you.
One thing is important: have you checked to be sure that you are connected to God? This is what “fear” of God means. It’s not that God is going to zap us; it’s just that if we live in such a way as to be out of touch with God, then that’s something to be afraid of!
Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
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