fear of God
photo by Patrick Frey
“We don’t teach our children to fear
a kind grandfather or Santa Claus, do we?
Why then would we teach them to fear God?
First of all, the comparison of God
with grandfathers or Santa Claus
is degrading nearly to the point of slander.
As [D.A. Carson] notes,
'The sentimental view generates a deity
with all the awesome holiness of a cuddly toy.'
Second, fearing God is not the same
as being afraid of God.
The person who fears God
in the biblical sense
is maintaining a humble reverence
for His glory, majesty,
dominion, and authority.
The person who fears God recognizes
that He is not only the Giver of all good things,
but also the Lord of the universe
and the Judge of sinners.
He is the One who creates,
and He is the One who has the power to destroy.
He is the One who rewards,
and He is the One who disciplines.
Fearing God, in other words,
is the sobering recognition
that He is not to be trifled with.”
- Daryl Wingerd