As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20
Do we prefer the glory of God? Consider these marks: (1.) Are we content with loss, provided the name of God may gain respect in the world; so that he may be magnified no matter what becomes of us and our interests and desires? This is a sign that we desire the glory of God when we are contented to do or be anything that God desires us to be or do. (2.) Do we pray absolutely for God’s glory with sweet submission to his will in all other things? When we pray for strength and quickening, what is it that runs in our minds? Are we entertaining our spirits with dreams of applause, and feeding our minds with the sweetness of popular acclamation? When we are praying for a public mercy against an enemy, what runs in our thoughts? Is it revenge, safety, and our own personal happiness, or God’s glory? ‘Father, save me from this hour? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name’ (John 12:27-28). Do we seek God with this purpose: that he might provide for his own glorious name, and that his name must not lie under reproach? Carnal motives make our desires impetuous and impatient of restraint and denial. Rachel must have children, or die. When the heart is set upon earthly success, pleasure, or comfort, then it cannot accept a denial without murmuring. The children of God should desire only God’s glory, and in all other things leave themselves to his disposal. (3.) What is the disposition of our hearts when our prayers are answered and God has given us the blessing we prayed for? We do not ask it for God’s glory, if we do not use it for God’s glory. If we consume his mercies on our lusts, or they do not encourage us to control our sins, it is a sign God’s glory is not the desire of our hearts ass it should be.
In 1961, A.W. Tozer wrote in The Knowledge of the Holy that the way some Christians think about God is sinful. Dr. Arnold Frank, in The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine confirms that the 21st century church, in the pew as well as the pulpit, continues to regard God as impotent and irrelevant in other words, without godly fear. As such, Dr. Frank, with a theologian’s skill and a pastor’s heart, walks us through the Scriptures, letting the Word of God speak about the fear of God.
In addition to clear, biblical exposition, Dr. Frank also weaves in the wise and timeless counsel of the Puritans to help us see how the fear of God is a most needed and practical doctrine.
Do you approach God with a godly fear? The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine will be a skillful and gracious reminder of how we should regard the holy, sovereign Creator.
“The biblical concept of the fear of God is too often marginalized or ignored by the Christian church and its preachers today. The result is shallow views of sin, easy belief, and antinomianism. With the aid of Puritan preachers, Arnold Frank sounds a clarion call for a biblical and sure approach to the fear of God.” Joel Beeke (President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary)