Afraid of God?

By Marc Massery

Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary and you find spiritual gems. Like this one:

[Jesus said,] "Be not afraid of your Savior, O sinful soul. I make the first move to come to you, for I know that by yourself you are unable to lift yourself to Me. Child, do not run away from your Father; be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon and lavish His graces on you. How dear your soul is to Me!”  (Diary, 1485). 

Have you ever felt too afraid to go to God?

While you ought to have a holy fear and reverence for the Lord, Satan uses fear to keep you in his grips. Fear, after all, blinds you from seeing the truth. Remember when Adam and Eve hid from God after they disobeyed Him? God hadn’t done anything to make them afraid. Their own sins blinded them from recognizing that God is good and merciful. Who knows what would have happened if, instead of hiding and passing the blame, they went straight to the Lord, told Him their sins, and asked for forgiveness?

You don’t need to be afraid of the Lord. There’s no reason to think God is mad at you and wants to punish you. He loves you unconditionally. If you’re at all sorry for your sins, He begs for you to come to Him in prayer and tell Him whatever is on your heart and mind. 

The Lord understands that in your brokenness, you might have the wrong impression of Him. This is why in the Divine Mercy Image, Jesus comes stepping toward you. He doesn’t look angry with a rod in His hands ready to punish you. Just the opposite. He comes to you with one hand out to bless you, pouring forth His healing rays of mercy on you.

So many people in the world have the wrong impression that God is exacting and vengeful. Even us believers can fall into this mentality from time to time. But you don’t need to sway God. All He wants is for you to come to Him and ask for His mercy. He wants to transform your life and make you into a new creation. He only needs your trust.

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