no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD
and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17
The most powerful means that have been employed to destroy God’s people have been rendered ineffective. Providence crosses its hands as Jacob did in blessing the sons of Joseph, and orders quite a contrary outcome. How the weak have been used for the good of the church! Christ did not choose eloquent orators, or men of authority in the courts of kings and emperors, but twelve poor labourers, and fishermen. This is the most ridiculous course that can be imagined, in appearance, for such a design. And yet, in how short a time was the gospel spread in all the kingdoms of the world! At the sound of ram’s horns, Jericho was delivered into the hands of Israel. By three hundred men with their pitchers and lamps, the huge host of Midian was discomforted. The Protestants, besieged in Beziers in France, were delivered by a drunken drummer, who, going to his quarters at midnight, rang the alarm-bell f the town, not knowing what he did, and that just as the enemy was making the assault. Just as weak and improbable means have been blessed with success to the church in general and for the preservation of its members. A spider by weaving her web over the mouth of an oven, hid a servant of Christ, Du Moulin, from his enemies, when he took refuge in there from the bloody Parisian massacre. A hen sustained another many days, at the same time, by lodging her egg every day in the place where he had hid himself from the cut-throats. Examples might be easily multiplied, but the truth is too plain and obvious in the observation of all ages to need more. Can we not but acknowledge a divine and special providence overruling these matters when we see the most apt and potent means for the church’s ruin frustrated, and the most silly, and contemptible means succeeded and prospered for its good?
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)