There once was a time in which it was a high compliment to describe a person as “God-fearing.” Whatever happened to those days? To stand in awe of the Lord is an attitude held by very few anymore, and it is evident in our culture. It reflects a total dismissal of the Almighty Creator before whom we will all stand in judgment. Eternal destinations will be revealed that day.
Respect for God has waned rapidly in recent years to the point that many now doubt His very existence. Despite the wonders of His creation bearing witness of Him, skeptics seem to be winning the day. They see the sun, moon, stars, planets, and all of the wondrous creatures and conclude that it was all the product of a big bang. Humans are nothing more than the winners in a survival of the fittest. Such a process either marginalizes an all-powerful God or eliminates Him altogether.
That is the world in which we live. Has it seeped into the church? Do we still stand totally awe-struck before God? Or have we watered down our concept of Him? As we break bread and share the juice of communion, do we fully comprehend the significance of that moment? The Son of God’s battered body hanging on a cross, giving His all for us. Blood from His back, brow, hands and feet draining the life from Him. So horrible is sin and so great is His love.
We come before a God of infinite love and perfect justice who is both compassionate and capable of wrath. Whatever happened to the fear of the Lord, that attitude that recognizes our dependence on Him for every breath we take and accountable to Him for how we treat Him? Scripture reveals attributes that grab our attention. There is no other source that provides insight into His nature.
Rome had its share of those who knew God but did not want to be bothered with Him (Romans 1:21-32). It began a downward spiral that we see mirrored in our own time. Theology will inevitably leave its mark on society, and the minimizing or removal of God from our thinking leads to sin and that results in self-destruction. The same is inescapably true of His church.
A distorted view of the great “I am” may be more common than a total rejection of Him. His word exposes us to unexpected attributes, and we may choose to focus on some to the neglect of others. From Genesis to Revelation, we have the facts about this unseen God that He wants us to know. Disregarding any of them leaves us with an incomplete picture. The God of creation wants us to know Him, and that demands an investigation of His own revelation about Himself. It’s a wonder, isn’t it? He exposed His heart to us. Now, it’s our turn