When Did We Stop Fearing God?
Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.
C.S. Lewis portrayed Aslan the Lion as being kind, but not tame. The Chronicles of Narnia allegorically tell the Gospel story.
Man tends to view God in one of two extremes – either He is a vengeful, angry God or a passive, loving God who allows everyone to win in the end.
Yet God revealed Himself as being both a God of love and a God of justice.
Justice. Now there’s a word we use quite often today. The trouble is we define it on our own terms.
Our untamable God is the one who defines justice. If He decides to eradicate a spirit of rebellion among His people, as He did in Moses’ day, then His decision is just, even if we don’t understand or agree.
Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the LORD, the plague has begun!” Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked. But those who died by the plague were 14,700, besides those who died on account of Korah. (Numbers 16:46-49 NASB)
When did we stop fearing God?
Not that I need to be afraid to approach Him – oh no! But when I approach Him I must remember who He is, and who I am not.
Is He my friend? Yes, closer than a brother!
But is He a holy, righteous God who demands my utmost respect and honor? Always.
I tell you what matters most to God is not our actions, but the position and condition of our hearts. That’s why rebellion is so evil – because it is a heart condition.
Today I am reminded that I serve God – untamable yes, but His love is behind His every decision. And I trust Him more than I trust myself.