Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. (Mal. 3:16)
I read in one of Stuart Briscoe’s books about small aircraft pilots. He said they come in two varieties: old ones and bold ones. He added, “There are no old, bold ones.” They “enjoy the freedom of flying like a bird,” he said, because they also respect “the awesomeness of the heavens in which they soar.”
The fear of the Lord could be understood as an awesome reverence of his power, which consequently makes a difference in our behavior.
Chuck Colson told about a man named Rusty whom he met on death row. Rusty taught him something about the fear of God. Rusty knew he would eventually sit in the electric chair and pay for his crimes. Yet he also knew that Jesus Christ had paid the full price for his sins.
So, Rusty was full of the fear of the Lord. He described it as “God’s radiance, his power, his love. Don’t it scare you that someone loves you enough that he can forgive you for anything that you do? It scares me sometimes . . . his love is so strong that it might hurt us when we meet him.”
Even if you are not a pilot of small aircraft or sitting on death row, you can still live in awe of our Lord, who listens to you.
Pursue life with a reverential awe of God and his power.
Ron McClung is a retired minister in The Wesleyan Church. He and his wife, Carol, live in Michigan and enjoy spending time with their sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.