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Fellow Sojourner: A Call To Reverence

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Our long time Pastor, mentor, oversight and friend, Apostle Mary Edlin used to say, “There’s one thing we can be sure of… God always has the last word.” She didn’t say that to instill a sense of shaking in our boots fear of God. Instead, the phrase reminds us of the utmost respect and honor we should have for God.

In Search of Joy and Knowledge

Psalm 2:11; Proverbs 1:7 The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines reverence as an “honor or respect felt or shown, with profound adoring, awe and respect”. This describes what our attitude should be toward God. We are called to revere the Lord, or fear the Lord. This is not a shaking in our boots fear of the Lord. But it is the realization that God has the last word.
Psalm 2:11 says, “Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.” King Solomon tells us the “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7).

It is here we discover our source of joy and knowledge as we sojourn together.

Moving Beyond Sloppy Agape

Many love God and serve the Lord, but this love and serving does not come from a place of reverence. Instead, it’s based in a sense of what we can call sloppy agape. In other words, there’s a belief that God is love and no matter what we do, He will always love us. While this is true, such an understanding of God’s love eliminates a healthy understanding of “profound awe and respect”.

A healthy understanding of the fear of the Lord leads to rejoicing and true knowledge. Some today hold to the old adage, “it is better to ask forgiveness later rather than permission now”. In other words, in a sloppy agape world, we can do whatever we want, without asking for permission. Then when things don’t go our way, we simply ask forgiveness, God waves His magic wand, and all is forgiven.

God is true to His word and forgiveness is given. However, with such an attitude, there’s no sense of responsibility or accountability toward what we shouldn’t have done in the first place.

Empowered On the Journey

Pondering the words of Psalm 2:11-12 and Proverbs 1:7-9 empower us on our journey. Seeking His wisdom enables a discovery of a healthy attitude of profound adoring, awe and respect toward God. As we respond in a positive way to a call of reverence, we in turn unlock the blessings of the Lord.

A Fellow Sojourner,
Dr. Rus

2 thoughts on “Fellow Sojourner: A Call To Reverence

  1. I love this. I am currently reading “Back To The Gospel” by Peter Louis, a former instructor at CFNI and currently associated with Upperroom Dallas. I just read this morning, in his chapter about relating to God as our Father, about the prodigal son. The older son worked and obeyed his father, but it was more out of obligation and duty. As such, he missed out on so much the Father wanted to give him. However, when the prodigal son returned home, he was lavished upon. The father told the older son, “You are always with me, and all that is mine is yours” (Luke 15:31). Then Peter says this, “It is with great humility that we believe in the family of God and, as such, have all access to His generosity….When we are confident in the truth the we belong to the God in heaven who calls us His own, we will gladly serve Him and walk in obedience. Because we love Him and identify as His children, it will be our delight to honor Him in righteousness. It is from this identity that we will also see our Father’s willingness to freely give us all things”. Understanding our place as His children and knowing our identity in Him will remove the “sloppy agape” mindset and bring us into a place of reverence, the “profound awe and respect”, the place where we serve out of pure love and joy, and not obligation or wanting to get something for ourselves.

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