Fearing God!

Hebrews 10:31 gives a severe warning: “(It is) a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” No one has more cause to fear than those who have not surrendered in faith to Jesus as their Lord and Savior! They might be physically alive this moment and in the next moment begin to exist in Hell forever without any possibility of escape! This fear can be good or bad, depending entirely on how we respond to it. If we ignore it, it will be eternally bad for us! If we trust in Jesus’ atoning death on the cross to pay for our sin(s) and yield our lives to His control, that fear will have brought the greatest blessing a human being could ever experience! For those of us who have received eternal life from Him, we are to fear Him in the sense of honor, respect, reverence and worship. At the same time, we are comforted in His love and grace. We thrill in His Presence, but without treating such a holy privilege lightly. He is both Almighty God and our Heavenly Father! Because He is God, we are in awe of His greatness and majesty; because He is our loving Heavenly Father, we are secure in His care and teaching. His plans for us are wonderful! Let’s honor Him, respect Him, love Him and obey Him! The hymn that follows strikes well the balance of fear and love: “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee. Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity! Holy, Holy, Holy! All the saints adore Thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, which wert and art and  evermore shalt be. Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee, though the eye made blind by sin Thy glory may not see, only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee, perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea. Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity.” (“Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!”-By Reginald Heber). Selah! Do we want to meet God as Judge or as our loving Heavenly Father? The choice is ours to make.  Ron

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