Ezra’s Talk: Reverent Fear
How do you think about God? What do you imagine His personality to be like?
What do you think would be the hardest to understand about God?
God wants us to know some things about Him, so He inspired several writings which we keep in the Bible to learn about how He has worked with humanity in the past, and to inform us about what might be happening in the present and the future when we are uncertain about the world and circumstances around us.
The book of Job (0:00-6:17 of 7:15)
When we experience devastating things and see hard times, it is tempting to wonder what God is doing in all of this, but we are not the first ones to wonder about this. Listen to what God said to Job:
“Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm: “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself? Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his? Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty. Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low, look at every proud man and humble him, crush the wicked where they stand. Bury them all in the dust together; shroud their faces in the grave. Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you.”-Job 40:6-14 (NIV)
God wanted Job to realize how silly it sounds to judge God, to question His intentions, He who created magnificent creatures on the Earth and concerns Himself with even the tiniest details in the universe. Job and we all can’t possibly fathom it. God can and does manage it all. We only even see a tiny fraction of it from one perspective ourselves, but He has the total big picture.
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.” -1 Peter 1:15-17 (NIV)
God, please help us all to learn to trust you and live in reverent fear of you, knowing that you are holy, just, and more than worthy of our adoration and worship, no matter what happens in our lives.
1. Ezra E.
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16. Chris R.