41. Treat God with respect

The Lord spoke to the Israelites at Mount Sinai and they were scared to bits! They trembled with fear and immediately rushed to Moses and told them that the Lord must stop talking to them! He must rather speak to Moses. Now as I discussed last week they were wrong in asking Moses to tell the Lord to stop talking to them. God wanted to speak to them and today He wants to speak to us too.

But another thing stood out for me when I read this. If anything, the Israelites definitely were not blasé with God and about God. They had the necessary reverence for God and His holy character. And I think we have lost something of that today. I have often heard people speaking very blasé about God as if He was their best next door buddy. How God told them this and that, and how God had shown them everything about the future and how God always answers their prayers immediately and how He moves when they pray etc etc. I think we have all met someone like that or seen them speaking from pulpits/at seminars.

I think we have lost a bit of the awe of God that is such a precious part of our relationship with Him. In our day and age with everything happening instantly, we also reduce God to Someone who needs to respond instantly too. When I hear people speaking like they and God are bosom buddies, I look to the Bible and I see that people who really met the Lord were definitely not blasé about it, they fell like dead to the ground! Let's look at only three examples of great people of God:

"When I saw God, I fell face down in the dust." Ezekiel 1:28

"When I saw Jesus, I fell at his feet as dead." Revelation 1:17

And when Daniel saw a vision from God and heard Gabriel speaking to him:

"My strength left me, my face grew deathly pale, and I felt very weak. When I heard him speak, I fainted and lay there with my face tot the ground." Daniel 10:8, 9

They had reverence and a healthy fear of the Lord, after all, the Bible tells us that 'the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom'. Now I am not suggesting that we all fall to the ground every time we hear God's voice through His Word, but I think we need to have a healthy reverence for God again and not treat Him as our equal.

God is holy and He is worthy to be praised! We need to treat Him with the respect He wholeheartedly deserves!

Forgive us Father when we tend to treat You like our next door neighbor. Please forgive us for reducing You to our level. You are holy and You are worth praising forever more. We love You Lord. Amen


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