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Showing posts with label Fear of God. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fear of God. Show all posts

Monday, December 31, 2007

Do You Fear Jesus?

If not you should since He is the one that give you the power to inhale and exhale.
Psalms 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever.
Scripture tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Jesus later tells us to fear God rather than the world. We have been told that this is really telling us to have an awe and reverence for God. That's true in part, but I think we should have a real, genuine fear of the Lord as well. It will help us to maintain perspective.

Sometimes I think we get too uppity in our relations with God. We think of God more in the role of our friend than as the Lord of the Universe. He is both, but we limit our comprehension of Him and our relationship with Him when we focus solely on a friendship with God. We must also remember that he is not just our friend. He is our Lord, our master, our creator.

Revelation 6:15-17 Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the military commanders, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of Their wrath has come! And who is able to stand?”

This makes me think of the people I know who say: "When I get to Heaven, I have some questions for God." You don't get that image from Revelation. You don't see people lining up to get all their questions answered. You see them quaking and trembling. They are beside themselves with terror when confronted face-to-face by God Almighty. We can't imagine what that's like. It is beyond our comprehension. But we should know that when the time comes that we stand before our Creator, the last thing on our mind is getting our questions answered. We can have assurance of our salvation. We can know that God loves us. But when we come before the father's throne, we will not only feel awe and reverence, we will be filled with fear at the sheer awesome scope of his glory, majesty and power, which we will find out is like nothing we could have ever dreamed.

Of course, people who say they have questions for God are really saying that they intend to hold God accountable for the way He designed the world and acted. Not very veiled is the implication that they could have done better and had some better ideas. They think they can hold God accountable.

This is what comes from having taking God too lightly, from seeing him as a friend rather than Lord. God doesn't answer to us. We answer to him — in fear and trembling.