Tremble – An angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to look more closely, he heard the Lord’s voice: “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look. (Acts 7:30–32, NIV 1984).
Truth – Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:37, NIV 1984).
Trust – “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1, NIV 1984).
Turn – “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.” (Acts 3:19–20, NIV 1984).
Transformation – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17–18, NIV 1984).
Tranquility – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4–7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Part of one idiom tells us to make sure all our T’s are crossed, which means to take care of every detail, including the minor ones. In a relationship with Christ there are no minor details. Above are some of the T’s in a vibrant walk with Christ, that kind of build upon one another.
- What makes you tremble? The thought of facing God apart from Christ is something that should make everyone tremble. But if anyone is in Christ there is nothing in this world that should make us tremble. “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NIV 1984).
- Where do you go for the truth? In response to the above statement Pontius Pilate responded, “What is truth?” Something I think we can all relate to today. Anyone on the side of truth listens to Christ. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, NIV 1984).
- Who do you trust? Trust is a very fragile thing in this life, easily broken, difficult to restore. Jesus will never break faith. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful for He cannot disown Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13, NIV 1984).
- Why should you turn around? One cannot come to Christ going in the opposite direction. “Now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:9–10, NIV 1984).
- How could one possibly not be transformed? – If there is no transformation, there was likely no salvation in the first place. We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:3–6, NIV 1984).
- Could anything less result in more tranquility? – Isn’t that what we want after all? Peace? Contentment? Nothing else in this world can give us lasting tranquility. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Here’s another idiom for you. Make sure you have your ducks in a row. These ducks above all.
Inspired by Deacon Josh Johnson’s sermon on May 24, 2020. Check it out at: https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons