Yesterday, 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 Amazon.com. Tomorrow’s article continues this theme of fear – What Fear Does. Hope to see you back tomorrow!