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When were you last scared of God?

I know the idea of being scared of God is not an easy one to sell to a church which is full of blessed people, forgiven, chosen and loved by God. Yet it is a biblical idea, and not just in the Old Testament. In Luke 7:14-16 we read the story of Jesus raising from the dead of a widow’s son,

Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”

In case you missed it Jesus did an amazing miracle and two things followed – fear and worship. They were not mutually exclusive, there was nothing incompatible about the two, and it would seem at a straightforward reading to be a deliberate juxtaposition of ideas. Jesus was at the heart of fear and worship.

I love the intimacy of much worship, the sense immediate presence of God, tangible and real. I also remember Hebrews 12:29 (Deut. 4:24),

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Once again worship and fear (awe) are set alongside one another.

There is a good, positive, godly way that we should be afraid when we come to worship. Draw near with faith and encounter holy fear.

When were you last scared of God?

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