Marji Laine

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Day #10 – 30 Days Challenge


c09Yesterday, we started a new season in Thirty Days of Devotion. Today’s topic deals with the holiness of God. Proverbs 1:7 say, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

I think the comment on the left is a valid point, but it’s missing something.

See, I’d always thought about fearing the Lord as a reverence. A holy awe. I can picture the saints with bowed heads and clasped hands or perhaps kneeling before Him.

The more I’ve experienced, the more I’ve come to change my mind entirely about this.

If I can get tongue-tied when my favorite NASCAR driver walks past me, is it so much of a stretch to imagine how I would react coming face to face with the Father? When people in the Bible encountered angels, they were constantly told, “Do not be afraid.” There’s a reason for that! I’m thinking they were petrified.

So facing the Holiest of Holies, the Alpha and Omega, Creator God has to be an even bigger experience with a much bigger reaction.

Think about it. God Almighty + all my insecurities = sheer terror! (Tweet This!)

Could your reaction be anything less? Don’t get me wrong. I know I’m forgiven. That doesn’t mean I’m not mindful of my shortcomings and conscious of the Lord’s perfection.

There are numerous verses in scripture that speak against fear, worry, panic, and dread. The word used here is entirely different. This one inspires reverence, awe, amazement.

I still think fearing the Lord would include a measure of terror, though. I see examples with Isaiah and John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. Both of them fell on their faces, terrified because they knew their imperfections in the presence of Holy God.

Yeah. I’d say that adds up to fear. Real fear. The correctly placed fear.

Your Turn: What’s your take on fearing the Lord? 

Even though we’re into our second week of our 30-Day challenge, you’re welcome to join us, or just share your thoughts on today’s article. You can keep up with our reading in Thirty Days of Devotion, available for only 99¢ at Tomorrow’s article continues this theme of fear – What Fear Does. Hope to see you back tomorrow!

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

3 thoughts on “Day #10 – 30 Days Challenge

  1. Christa, so glad you are going okay! To bad you cannot camp, I know you feel much better doing that. Sorry I have had much going on these past few days!

    I agree we need to have a great respect and admiration for the Lord! And that should never be forgotten!

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  2. Well, still can’t camp because of too much smoke. But very grateful I’m doing okay here, and VERY grateful I can have internet and am even doing better with it symptom wise. 🙂

    Anyway, I agree with you on your take!!! I think it’s all too easy to forget the holiness and awesomeness of God in daily life. It’s easy to rationalize, to begin to think we’re pretty good, etc. But I think we could use some more reminding of Who God really is! Excellent illustration about NASCAR driver.