Fear First

There is none like you, O Lord;
    you are great, and your name is great in might.
Who would not fear you, O King of the nations?
    For this is your due;
for among all the wise ones of the nations
    and in all their kingdoms
    there is none like you.
Jeremiah 10:6-7

Do you fear God?

I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about how good God is, how much He loves us, and how He wants to be in relationship with us. These are easy for me because I am a touchy-feely person. My favorite way to praise God is through music, and much of modern worship music is about God's love and provision for us.

God is Love. And He is so much more.

God is Holy. He is Mighty. He is Righteous. He is Worthy. He demands our awe and reverence.

I do not fear God enough, and I sense that most people (Christians included) today do not fear Him enough. If we did, I think we would be much more careful in the way we talk about our Lord and what we view and hear.

God extends boundless grace to us, and He is slow to anger, but sin is sin, and it is repulsive to our Holy God. Are we mindful of this on a daily basis? Are we grieved by our sin? Do we seek to live holy lives? "Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?" (Romans 2:4)

The greatness of God is qualification enough to worship and fear Him. May we stand in awe of our God, knowing that He is both great and good, Holy and merciful. May we seek to reflect His glory rather than the pattern of this world.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Psalm 111:10

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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