Some words in Scripture fill us with joy, others with peace, some passages can fill us with fear– a holy reverence for our eternal God who reigns on high and sits in judgment over all the earth.
We talk little of fear of the Lord these days.
It feels uncomfortable.
Even a little confrontational.
Like passages where God is talked of as a jealous lover- he wants all of us, our whole heart.
Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Ps. 86:11)
We live in an age of distraction. So many things can eat away at our time.
At the end of this life, when we stand in judgment, what will God say of us?
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
2 Corinthians 5:9-10 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
1 John 2:28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
If you are like me, these verses inspire fear and humility, and cause me to re-evaluate my priorities.
Am I living in a way that honors God?
Are there things I am doing right now- maybe in secret- that I have forgotten are seen by the eyes of my God?
But these verses can also lead us down the path of moral perfectionism. Where we beat ourselves and force a yoke of slavery upon our own body. We are the oppressive task-master, judge, and jury.
No matter how much good we try to do, we will always struggle with sin and temptation in this life.
That is why there is only peace and rest by seeking God on his terms- not ours. He makes us right with himself through his Son. Read Romans 5- and rejoice in where you now stand as one who has claimed Christ.
But do not stop there. Long for righteousness and seek to abide in Christ. Read John 15, spend some time meditating on verses about the end of days. Read Revelation.
We need to live daily remembering the crucial importance of this short life that we live- and the true purpose for which we are here.
To glorify God and make Him known.
Can we let go of all and anything to follow Christ?
Lord, teach us to number our days. To live in reverence and honor before you- who sees all and knows our hearts. Convict us of sin Lord, that we may walk more closely with you today. May our lives be a light in this dark world. In Jesus Name, Amen.