PASTOR'S PEN: Standing in awe

Have you ever been overcome with fear? Maybe it’s a fear of doing some seemingly dangerous activity like skydiving or riding a motorcycle. Maybe it’s a fear of people, what they think of you or if they will laugh at you. Maybe it’s a fear of being alone with no one there when it’s dark and stormy or no one to care. Fear is a powerful thing. For some it motivates them to do something, like a fear of being poor once again causes them to work long hours. For others it prevents them from moving on in life.

Psalm 33:8 says this, “Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him!” (ESV) Of all the things we fear, the One we are to truly fear is the LORD. I like this verse because its description reminds me of a hurricane or tornado.

One evening when I was kid, my dad, brother, grandmother and I were at home during a big storm. At that time we had a large window off of our dining room. My brother looked out of it and said, “Look at that!” We all rushed to the dining room window and stared out as this huge black cloud, darker than I had ever seen and lower than a cloud should be, went by over the trailer park behind our house. The dark cloud was actually a tornado or the beginnings of one, which we would later learn took out a trailer down the road. The site of that dark presence was scary, yet caused us to simply stand in amazement at how massive it was.

That’s kind of like the fear of God. He is this powerful being that can wipe out anything. We are amazed at how massive and mighty He is, yet afraid of what He could do to us at any given moment. Job knew God’s power. In the midst of his suffering, Job stated this, “He (God) is not a man like me that I might answer Him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that terror would frighten me no more.” (Job 9:32-33).

Job knew he could never talk to God. It was a more frightful thing than approaching the Great Oz! God had no reason to allow Job in His presence and could squash him with His little toe, and God would have all the justification to do so. Job needed someone to come between God and himself so that he could find mercy at the throne of God.

This is where Jesus comes in. Hebrews 5:14 says, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God…” Jesus is our priest, our mediator, who comes between us and God the Father. Because of that, Hebrews tells us, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” It’s not my goodness that allows me to come before a mighty and powerful God, but only through Christ. It’s not because I’m so great, but because God is so gracious. But, once again, I can only come before the one true God through the only mediator, that is, Jesus Christ. Have you done that?