March 2, 2014 by Chris French
How do you view God? Over the centuries a pendulum has swung back and forth between people viewing God as very near and Him being transcendent. Both views are correct. Paul tells us that God is very close to each of us (Acts 17.27), but He is also high and holy, supernatural and superior to us in every way. He is so far above is that we can’t understand the way He thinks or the reasons He does what He does (Isaiah 55.8). Today the pendulum has swung back to God’s proximity. You may not feel very close to God, but as a culture most of us view God as very close to us. This isn’t a bad thing! He is our Father! Intimacy is a necessary component of of His relationship with us His. Perhaps we’ve taken advantage of this closeness.
When Isaiah (Isaiah 6) and John (Revelation 4) saw God you get an impression of the fear and awe they felt for Him. They didn’t walk into His throne room, throw Him a nod and sit slouched in a nearby chair. In a few hours you’ll sit in a pew and encounter God in worship. It’s Biblical to feel familiar with Him. It’s also Biblical to shake in fear and awe of Him. When we become too accustomed to thinking of God in a very intimate way there’s no fear, no awe. He is our loving Father, but He is also an incredibly powerful and just Being who demands holiness from any who would know Him.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
Do you not fear me? declares the Lord. Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea,
a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it.
7 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.
You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
Job forgot that God was high and holy and put Him on par with humans. He questioned whether God was in the right in his situation. For the next four chapters God asks Job questions Job couldn’t answer. These questions were meant to rekindle Job’s fear and awe of God. He is so very close to you, but don’t forget for a second Who He Is. He is magnificent! A Being to be loved, but also to be feared and awestruck by. Today before you come sit in your pew to worship read thru Job 38-41 and be in awe.