I Will Not Fear…


Rom 7:15 (GNB) I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead, I do what I hate.

Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible translates the word “do” from Greek in this passage: κατεργαξομαι which “means a work which the agent continues to perform till it is finished.” Further, Clarke states:

It “…denotes the continued employment of God’s saints in His service to the end of their lives.”

I am comforted by the thought that I am not supposed to be a “Finished Product.” My God sees my struggle and knows that I want to be like him. I am reminded of a prayer by, Thomas Merton:

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.


Thank You, Lord, for this day and all the challenges that draw me closer to You. Amen.


~ by Andrea T on June 11, 2008.

2 Responses to “I Will Not Fear…”

  1. That is one of my favorite Thomas Merton quotes. It’s actually from a book of his “Thoughts in Solitude.” I used to have it posted on my refrigerator for the longest time. It makes me think I need to post it again.

  2. I think He is pleased when our desire is to please Him Despite our sins and weaknesses, He sees our heart. He also sees Jesus in us, perfect and holy, and therefore loves us as His own Son.

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