My mother had some awesome stories to tell about life in the early 20th century. As a youth she took her younger siblings with her to a tent revival. They were singing an old hymn whose chorus said “There’s an all-seeing Eye watching you.” For some reason, probably the wrath of that old evangelistic preacher’s tone, she thought it said, “There’s a Tall GREEN Eye…” From that point on she was terrified of God and that terror of God gave her fears in other areas of her life. She thought God was out to get her. In her mind He was a force to be reckoned with in a hostile way. He was after all people to get them!
Years later she found the peace of God through His love. God’s love and mercy had to be learned before she could unlearn the fear she had of Him.
What are you afraid of? God? God is not out to get you! He’s out to gather you up in His wings of love and carry you throughout your entire life. He is not vengeful or ruthless or brutal. He’s not looking for a crack in your armor so He can destroy you. He’s not looking for robot obedience. He’s wooing and calling in love to gather the fearful, the neglected, the lonely, the worn out, the torn up, the used up people of earth into His home.
Oh beloved, learn fresh what God says about you and then unlearn what isn’t true! In God’s eyes you are seen as you are in Christ, forgiven and made whole. In God’s heart you are loved. In God’s mind you are redeemed. In God’s plan you are purchased with a price far above rubies, far beyond diamonds and surely a price you could not pay for yourself even if you tried. When you can get the love of God settled in your heart and at home in your spirit, you will begin to see God as the all-seeing Lord who is watching over you, watching out for you, guiding you into all truth and waiting patiently for you when you wander.
God loves you and He’s for you. Why not practice what God preaches in His Word? Why not believe Him over the enemy, over your flesh, over your own heart. Believe the Lord! Receive His Word. Walk in His Truth. Say no to the enemy’s lies about you, your life and your provision. Everything you need is found IN CHRIST and God is your very present help in time of trouble. So live loved, watched over and guided by His mercy and grace all the days of your life!
Proverbs 9:10 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. Amplified
I John 4:17-19 In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. We love Him, because He first loved us. Amplified
Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.