“How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men. “ DEVOTION BY Kenna Bynum
I don’t like that word “FEAR.” My first response is: Aren’t I supposed to overcome my fear? I thought “perfect love casts out fear.” So why is God’s goodness stored up for those who FEAR?
Well, I had to figure this out. This is what I found:
an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat
Yep, that’s pretty much what I thought. That’s why I don’t like that word. I don’t like pain, danger or anything that threatens me.
Surely, God doesn’t want me to think of Him as painful, dangerous or threatening. Well, I had to dig even deeper and I found this:
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:
Word Origin From HEBREW ‘yare’
Definition fearing; morally, reverent -- afraid, fear (-ful)
Did you see the full meaning of ‘yare’? It says morally and reverent. Hmmm. Morally, meaning “with morals with reference to right and wrong” and reverent, meaning “with respect.” Well that sounds like Godly fear.
We are so inundated with definitions produced from the world around us. When we take time to dig deeper into the Word, and then even deeper still, to find out what God’s means, we can then be defined by Him and not the world. INTRODUCTION
I’m Kenna Bynum. Throughout the last eight years, I have served in different ministries including Mothers and Others, VBS, life groups, the Christmas Tea and as a Deacon. MY MEAL MEMORY
When attempting to reflect on a single meal memory, a flood of flashbacks permeated my thoughts: Thanksgivings & Christmases playing Trivia Pursuit with family in teams, my first Communion as a child, how my husband and ten-year-old daughter call my quick Cheeseburger Mac-n-Cheese the “Best Meal of All Time,” and my special occasion/celebration meals with my husband, and family and friends. These multifarious meals have the same three things in common: preparation, connection and a sense belonging. Shopping, cooking, cleaning, invites, decorations, dressing up and scheduling are different tasks I’ve done to prepare. There’s always effort from everyone involved in a meal. Sometimes it’s the simple effort of just showing up. Once we are together, we connect with embraces, sharing stories, listening, playing, laughing and/or crying and of course eating. It’s in these moments I feel like I belong. The array of remembrances are conjoined and yet distinguishable in their own special way. It occurs to me that Jesus came to prepare my way. He did all the work to give me the opportunity to connect with God in relationship where I receive my fullest sense of belonging. All I have to do is show up! I am so grateful for the table He has set before me to enjoy.
As you prepare your heart during this Lenten season, I pray your connection to God will be strengthened, and you are reminded of your place of belonging within His kingdom. Ask God what is holding you back from connection. Where are you longing for connection? How will you let God define connection in your life?