"And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me."
Fascinating. :) In a way, it sounds like God is promising not to do us good, but to keep throwing obstacles at us. ...That isn't always what we want, but it is usually what we need. We *need* those obstacles to grow into what we are. If we are going to become like God, we can't just kick back and coast. We have to confront those fears; we have to overcome those doubts. We have to keep learning, growing, and becoming more than we are right now. We need to have that constant motivation... that "fear." And if it is God's fear... maybe it is of our separation from him permanently. He fears that, and loves us, and that is why he wants us to go through all the challenges of life... so that we will learn and grow, and so that one day we can return to him, and not suffer that separation forever. Let's stay motivated today, and meet those challenges, and find the lessons all around us. Let's learn, so that we can return home to our Father.