A Fear that Blesses
God is speaking in Jeremiah 32:38–40. He says, “They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.”
He is once again telling us that fearing (awe) Him leads to His goodness for us and for our children who follow us. Then, He makes a covenant with us that He will “Never turn away from doing them (us) good.”
God is making us a promise. He’s saying, “I promise you, if you walk every day in fear of Me, I will never turn away from doing good for you.”
In Old Testament times a b’rith (covenant) was a formal and binding instrument. Between nations it was a treaty; between business partners it was a contract. Between a ruler and citizens it was a constitution. But when God made His covenants with Israel the b’rith was a promise: a commitment made by the Lord. You can’t get any better promise than that—the Creator of the Universe promises to never turn away from doing good for us.
God prepares and stores up great goodness for us. He will never stop giving it to us and He will never stop doing good for us. Even when things don’t look so good to us, His goodness for us is there. When the world is ravaging us, God comes alongside us and says, “I will do you good. Even what the Devil meant for evil, I will turn it for your good and I will never stop doing good.” That is our God.
What’s our responsibility? To fear Him. It’s our job to have such awe and love for God that we’re consumed with it. It’s our responsibility to walk in that Biblical fear at all times. The key to everything we all hope for is found in the simple truth of the Scripture: that if we will fear the Lord there is no good thing that He will withhold from us. Nothing. He’s promised that He won’t withhold anything from us IF we’ll walk in fear.
Do you walk in fear of the Lord? Have you seen Him do good things for you? Share them with us and let’s praise God together for His faithfulness and promises.