After the day’s work on the farm, my mum and I were walking back home with the farm produce on our heads. We walked side-by-side as we talked on random topics. My mum took an extra wrapper to the farm, so she asked me to tie it on our way home.
As I tried to tie it round my waist, the wrapper slipped off my hands and fell on the footpath covered with red dust.
My heart skipped a beat- I was afraid. I had dropped my mother’s fine, neat wrapper on the ground. She was already walking ahead of me, but I kept my eyes on her to see her next move. I expected her to be angry and probably yell at me, but she wasn’t. She didn’t even say a word about the wrapper.
To make sure my typical Nigerian mother was not annoyed (Nigerians will know what I mean 😂😂), I dusted the wrapper in the air and made sure she heard the Aeolian sounds made by the wrapper as it hit the air. I then tied it and caught up with her pace, and we continued talking, like nothing happened.
So long as I was afraid, I walked slowly behind her because to me, walking by her side would have meant receiving rebukes. However, the moment I gained confidence that she wasn’t mad at me, I walked side-by-side with her and continued our chitter chatter.
It is impossible to enjoy a relationship with someone whom you’re afraid of. Fear, guilt and shame hinder us from enjoying our fellowship with God.
God is not angry. He is not sitting in heaven, holding a whip in His hand and waiting to lash out at you at the slightest mistake you make.
Andrew Wommack says God is not angry at us. He is not even in a bad mood. Image
God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily
angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t
endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges
forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins
deserve, nor pay us back in full
for our wrongs.
Psalm 103:8-10 MSG
Will you cut off your son’s hand if he pinches you? What if he does it intentionally? Will you throw your daughter into the fire if she doesn’t talk to you for a week? Will you poison your children just because they didn’t return home at the time you asked them to?
I guessed right. You answered NO to all the questions.
Imperfect mortals as we are, we wouldn’t do that.
Why then do we expect our heavenly, ever-loving Father to do that to us?
As parents feel for their children, God feels for
those who fear him. He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Psalm 103:13,14 MSG
You can drown all of your fears in the ever-flowing river of His love and grace. There’s no reason to fear punishment when He has provided forgiveness for every wrong we do. Again I’ll say, there’s no grave a sin, Jesus couldn’t pay for.
God loved you and sent His son to die for you, while you were yet a sinner. He wants you to know and walk in massive confidence of His love for you. Even when you get things messed up, His love for you remains constant. Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, He longs for you to return to Him.
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].
1 John 4:18 AMPC
He doesn’t want you walking behind Him in fear. Receive His love by faith, and enjoy your walk with Him.