Friday, February 24, 2012
Fearing God and nothing else: 3rd day of Lent
Even though we read that the LORD is gracious, loving, and compassionate, we still read that God is justice, and powerful, and if ever we find ourselves on this side of the grave in the Almighty’s presence, we would be afraid. The command to fear the LORD is a command to recognize the intimidating unmatched power of God.
People who work with fire or dangerous animals often will say that you need to have a healthy fear of the fire/animal. Without a healthy fear you will surely get burned or bitten. God is potentially even more dangerous than a fire or animal because while those things can take a life, scripture tells us that only God can take our soul (Matthew 10:28).
This command to fear is difficult because so few people today are raised with loving fathers. My dad loves me, and I surely know this, but even to this day I still fear him. Not that I shake in my boots whenever I am in his presence, but I know if I do something that greatly displeases him there may be great consequences.
Why do our fathers get mad when we do something that displeases him? Is it because they want us to blindly follow them like mindless drones? Is it because they want us to become slaves to their ideals and whims? No, our loving fathers get mad, and we become afraid when we are disobedient because our fathers want the best for us. God is the same way.