Monday August 23rd, 2010
You who fear the Lord, praise Him!
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
Do we fear the Lord? Should we fear the Lord? It seems that every time in the Bible that an earthly being has an encounter with a heavenly being, (be it an angel or God) he is afraid. We know this because the heavenly being has to tell that person to not be afraid. I think we should fear the Lord. I think we should be seriously afraid to sin. Maybe the grace that we receive makes us so at ease with the idea of God forgiving us that we forget how bad sin really is. We love it too much. Sin is disgusting and should be disgusting. We should hate it, but we don’t. If sin was as disgusting to us as it is to God, then it wouldn’t be as tempting as it is. It would be like someone coming up to me and saying, “Hey, Jonathan. I just found this rusty dull knife, why don’t you cut your finger off with it. It’ll be fun.” I wouldn’t even be tempted into doing it. But sin is more subtle than that. Sin takes our good Godly desires and entices us to achieve them in a different way. God creates us to be husband and wife, and that’s a good desire. But if someone tries to satisfy that desire outside of marriage, that is fornication, which is sin. God put in us a desire to feel safe, and it’s good to feel safe, but if we have to build walls or bank accounts and we don’t trust that He will protect us, then that’s sin too. If we amass stuff and hoard so we will never feel like we are in need, then we are not trusting God to provide for our needs and that is sin. If we leave the truth through lies or deception to get our way, we are not trusting that God has a better plan and that’s sin too. We are too quick to run to our sin. I don’t think we would run to it as quick if God were standing visibly in our way. It’s like speeding while driving next to a police car. We wouldn’t do it if we knew we were going to get caught, but we play the grace card so we can sin intentionally and not feel so bad about it. I’m not saying grace is bad. I love grace. I just don’t think that thefact that Ihave grace should be any excuse for me to willingly let myself sin. I need to hate sin more and fear God more.