As disciples of the Lord, we need to trust him and keep his ways. We need to persevere through difficulties. He is both tremendous and fascinating.
The Book of Sirach is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
Prepare your soul for temptation. We are to consider it pure joy when we face any kind of suffering or temptation, difficulty or trial. This is not natural for most of us. Read more »
VERSE 2. Set your heart aright, and constantly endure, And make not haste in time of calamity.
VERSE 3. Cleave to him, and depart not, That you may be increased at your latter end.
Accept whatever is brought upon you. We need to be willing to accept whatever befalls us. In the U.S., many Christians believe that only good things can happen to them. However, that is not a biblical belief. Nor is it consistent with the experiences of the overwhelming majority of believers worldwide.
Sirach 2:4. Accept whatever is brought upon you, And be patient when you suffer humiliation.
Sirach 40:1. Great travail is created for every man, And a heavy yoke is upon the sons of Adam, From the day of their coming forth from their mother’s womb, Until the day for their burial in the mother of all things.
John 16:33. I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.
1 Thessalonians 3:4. For most certainly, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction, even as it happened, and you know.
be patient when you suffer humiliation. If we suffer crushing misfortune, we are to be patient.
We are to consider it pure joy when we face any kind of suffering or temptation, difficulty or trial. This is not natural for most of us. Read more »
Put your trust in him. We disciples are to trust the LORD God with all our heart. He offers us the path of true wisdom. Will you trust in him and act upon his leading? Read more »
VERSE 7. You that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; And turn not aside, lest you° fall.
VERSE 8. You that fear the Lord, put your trust in him; And your reward will not fail.
VERSE 9. You that fear the Lord, hope for good things, And for eternal gladness and mercy.
VERSE 10. Look at the generations of old, and see: Who did ever put his trust in the Lord, and was ashamed? Or who remained in his fear, and was forsaken? Or who did call upon him, and he despised him?
KJV translation. Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him?
Trusting in God is not in vain.
VERSE 11. For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy; And he forgives sins, and saves in time of affliction.
VERSE 12. Woe to fearful hearts, and to faint hands, And to the sinner that goes two ways!
VERSE 13. Woe to the faint heart! for it believes not; Therefore will it not be defended.
VERSE 14. Woe to you that have lost your patience! And what will you do when the Lord shall visit you?
those who love him. Do you love the Lord?
will keep his ways. Do you live as a disciple of the Lord?
seek his good pleasure. Is your life pleasing to the Lord?
those who love him. Do you love the Lord?
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VERSE 17. They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, And will humble their souls in his sight,
as his majesty is, So also is his mercy. The Lord’s majesty is equal to his mercy.
The German theologian Rudolf Otto wrote a very famous book, called Das Heilige (“The Idea of the Holy”). It is about the counter-play between God’s majesty and his mercy.
Otto used the term “mysterium tremendum” to describe God’s majesty. When people have an experience of mysterium tremendum, their reaction is fear and trembling.
The opposite of mysterium tremendum is mysterium fascinans, which is God’s mercy. When people have an experience of mysterium fascinans, they feel fascinated and drawn in.
Das Heilige is one of the most successful German theological books of the 20th century. It has never gone out of print.
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