Fear And Reverence

Fear And Reverence by Kirk Hunt

So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.   Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows.

Jonah 1:15–16 NKJV

Jonah hit the water and everything changed.  The murderous storm instantly dissipated.  The howling wind became a whispering breeze.  The towering waves that threatened to smash the hull vanished.  God’s demonstration of His naked power and command over creation invoked fear and reverence from the sailors.

Fear can be defined as “profound reverence and awe especially toward God.”  The sailors watched someone switch off a major tempest like flipping a switch.  That is not the action of a mere man or an accident.  The God who can do that has my awe, for sure.

Father-God loves us like a father.  Like any good father, He is often gentle and tender with us.  But God so much more than a mere father.

God’s power over all creation demands our awe.  His holiness deserves our reverence.  The level of awe and reverence you feel toward our all-powerful God should be overwhelming at times.  Call it fear if you must.  The sailors would.

They responded, the way I hope you respond, to seeing God’s power at its most unrestrained.  Reverent worship and awestruck adoration is the only reasonable response to all that God is and can do.  With a little more fear of God in his life, Jonah may not have wound up overboard.

Think:      Does God have my reverence?  Does God have my awe?

Pray:         “Lord, You are worthy of all of my awe and reverence.”

 

Copyright © January 2020, Kirk Hunt

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Keep Your Awe

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Keep Your Awe by Kirk Hunt

 

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.

Luke 1:18 NKJV

 

The terrified and awe-struck man of verse 12 is gone.  In verse 18, a cynical skeptic answers the angel.    How do you know Zacharias crossed the line?  Read verse 20.

 

Every disciple of Jesus lives in obedience to the laws of gravity, thermodynamics and sock disappearance.  Still, we serve a God who can suspend, re-write, or reverse the laws of the universe at will.  The secret of balancing the two extremes is to simply maintain your sense of awe.

 

Faced with an angelic messenger, Gabriel no less, Zacharias was right to respond with reverence and even concern.  Yet his terror turned to disdain, all too quickly and easily.  The message defied the regular rules, but God declared it would happen.  What else is there to discuss?

 

Real Faith™ includes at least some awe.  Part of that awe comes from understanding that a big, infinite God loves small, finite people.  If our big God concerns Himself with little me, then anything is possible.  Anything includes very late-life babies.

 

The things of God often defy all rational explanation.  It is not crazy talk.  It is awesome.

 

Think:            My awe is a correct response to God and His love and concern for me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see You with the awe and wonder You deserve.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2013, Kirk Hunt

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