Learning to sit in silence before Him and listen for His Voice not only protects us from getting personally derailed, hijacked and ultimately defeated by obeying "strangers' voices", but it also develops intercession for others.
God can be absolutely relied upon AT ALL TIMES to make ALL Grace abound towards us ALWAYS, in EVERY situation and under EVERY circumstance; and He is glorified in our RECEIVING ABUNDANTLY of this endless, never-deserved GRACE!
The elder brother could not share in his father's deep relief and joy, because although he had done all that was right in his father's eyes, he had not done so with a perfect heart, in response to his father's heart of love.
"The fear of the Lord", key in overcoming lying vanities and living in a redemptive revelation of God, simply means that we esteem Him His Word, His ways, more important and necessary than anything or anyone else in our lives.
"Do not...fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a... great reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance...that you may...fully accomplish the Will of God, and thus receive....what is promised." (Hebrews 10:35,36)
“…my Beloved is mine, and I am His!…” (Song of Solomon 2:16) Our God is always personal with us — in His care of and affection for us, in His dealings with us, in His attitude toward us. We see often in Song of Solomon that we are His Bride...