By Marilynn Gazowsky
What a strange question to ask ministers. Fear the goodness of the Lord? No, not me.
Then let me ask you, as God asked in Jeremiah 33:8–9, “How would you see your fellow ministers all over the world if you saw them and yourself as God sees you?” The most prejudiced folks in the world are so-called religious people. We know what everyone must do, and who’s headed for hell if they don’t come on board our lifeboat. And if they make one mistake over a cup of coffee, we become the prosecutor, jury, and judge.
Many a servant of the Lord has already repented, made things right with God, and been granted his goodness ~ before we heard the blown-up gossip. And now we have got to bring the object of our complaint to the seat of judgment ~ when they’ve already been to the mercy seat. Now, who needs mercy? You and I who brought up things that God’s goodness has already erased.
Jesus called it one of the signs of the end time, Matthew 24:48–51 ~ “But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, [not with his mouth ~ but in his heart] ‘My Lord delayeth His coming;’ and begin to smite his fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunken [he was overindulgent]; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for Him, and in an hour that he is not aware of.” And you know the rest.
Anyway, when one of us makes a mistake we sin against God, not ourselves. The judgment you mete out will be found returning to you again.
Imagine, God said to Jeremiah, “They will all fear the goodness of the Lord.”
America is on the brink of the greatest revival the world has ever known. And God has been cleaning our nation, purifying us, making us ready for His glory through the hard times. God begins the cleaning in His church, in us who love Him. He prunes and chastises His children so we can grow and produce more fruit and be carriers of His light.
Let’s repent and let God clean our hearts and be attentive and ready for what He’s about to do. His plans are intricately perfect, and His goodness is so good that that many will actually fear it! Can you believe His goodness is that good?
“And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against Me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against Me. And it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.”
It’s time to get ready, to prepare our hearts for the Lord’s great goodness; to repent and be made brand new ~ ready for what God has designed for us!
Pastor Richard Gazowsky