What do you fear most? I know the Bible says we are only to fear God, but I am asking this question to cause you to dive below the surface of your life to see what is really going on. Do you fear the economy getting worse? Do you fear the loss of a relationship? What is the one thing you believe that losing it would cause your life to spiral out of control?
Regardless of what you may fear today, there is one fear you will never face:
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. (Psalm 51:11)
David was overwhelmed with the reality of his sin and feared most the loss of the presence of his Lord. Grace had finally convinced David that he could live without everything else in the world . . . except God. As Pastor Tullian likes to say, David understood that Jesus plus nothing equals everything! David could live without his health. He could live without his wealth. He could live without power, position, prestige, and pleasure. But he could not bear to contemplate living apart from the presence of God.
Jesus experienced this most dreadful loss on the cross in your place. Matt 27:46
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He cried, perhaps the most ghastly verse in all of Scripture. But because He experienced that dreadful loss, this is a fear you will never face. No matter what you do, Jesus said He will never leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
- In your impatience . . . Jesus is with you!
- In your anger . . . Jesus is with you!
- In anxiety . . . Jesus is with you!
- In your lust . . . Jesus is with you!
- In your discontent . . . Jesus is with you!
One of the most astonishing promises of the Gospel is found in the truth that you cannot sin yourself beyond the grace of God. And this truth must seize you moment by moment, day after day. When you are convinced that God will not cast you away from His presence or take His Holy Spirit from you, faithfulness to Jesus will mark your life rather than fear. This is the power of the Gospel that both saves and sanctifies.
To be sure, we are great sinners. But we have an even greater Savior, who has willingly paid the price for every one of our sins—past, present, and still to come. The next time you sin and fall short of the mark your Master has set before you, confess it, and be grieved for breaking His heart. But don’t stay there! Quickly follow that confession with a heart filled with thanksgiving and joy for the One who faced the most awful fear . . . so that you will never have to face it . . . no, not ever!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!