Conflict or Harmony?

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 10:12 am by Marine Reach No Comment

Conflict or Harmony?

Throughout the Bible, we learn that God has many different names. Often we look at each one individually, but what if we were to look at them together as a whole? What if the seemingly opposing attributes of God were not in conflict, but were actually in harmony with each other? It would mean that all aspects of His character and nature must exist simultaneously.

I find that there are two realities in God with which I must continually wrestle: that He’s the Most High God and my Heavenly Father. For some reason, my mind will not allow Ps. 47:2 – “For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth,” – to exist simultaneously with Mt. 6:26 – “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”. The idea that the Most High King of the universe would become my Father unsettles something in my spirit.

This is the real question: what are the implications of both being true? To call our Father the King of the universe invites us to a higher standard. We begin to carry a much larger mantle and bearing the name of Someone much greater. This pushes us into the Fear of the Lord. The complacency of our hearts becomes incredibly we realise we carry the inheritance of our Father: His Kingdom. This sense of ownership moves us to care for what will one day be ours more passionately and effectively.

While this may put a lot of pressure on our shoulders to become perfect heirs and heiresses, this is where the love of the Father has its way. A father comes alongside his children to teach and nurture them, guiding them to become the best heir they can be. As God’s children, we get to inherit His Kingdom, but we also don’t have to have any fear about when we falter, because God’s perfect love will be there to rescue us.

This beautiful interaction between our God’s Kingship and Fatherhood is what calls us to perfection, while giving us the room to grow into it. We receive the higher calling when we understand God as King, and a King that demands perfection. However, when that is mixed with the Father’s love and compassion, we are given the grace to not be perfect, understanding that life is always a process. We have been given all the authority and responsibility, with none of the pressure and condemnation.

This is just one example of what happens when we accept the seemingly conflicting parts of God’s character as harmonious aspects. We become more closely acquainted with who God really is. This frees us to pursue the path He has set before us, while growing into the perfection won for us through Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension.

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Marine Reach was founded in September 1990 in Tauranga New Zealand. Since its inception we have had over 900 international students attend our DTS courses, taking God's love and healing to the nations. Marine Reach has served over 300,000 in the Asia Pacific regions, and hopes to reach our goal of 1 million people served by 2020 through our ships, volunteers, students and partner ministries.

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