A Forgotten God: Magestic
Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty!” Isaiah 2:10
This passage is about as literal as it gets when it comes to fearing God. And honestly, that’s what the Israelites did–they feared God. But why did they fear God? Does that mean we have to hide in rocks from God?
(No. As you may have guessed, we are not called to hide under rocks out of fear.)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Now I don’t usually whip out the King James Version, but this translation phrases this verse better than any other. It tells us that reborn in Christ (with “the spirit” God has given us) we are not people of fear any longer, and we are not meant to live that way. And that means the verse from Isaiah doesn’t mean we have to be afraid of God. It actually has a very different meaning. It means we need to live in total respect for him; that we need to put him completely first. It means that you need to be in awe of God.
If something is majestic, it makes you have respect for its position or stature. Dictionary.com defines ‘majestic’ as “of lofty dignity or imposing aspect”. Clearly, God is of lofty dignity, and he is certainly imposing. Having fear of the Lord means that we don’t imagine him as the harmless tooth-fairy who magically brings us everything we want and need, because that is not what God is. We have to recognize that he is imposing, he is powerful, and he is even more dignified than Queen Elizabeth. And that’s something that comes right along with being infinite and all-powerful. The God we serve is not just a big “hunk o’ love”. As we’ve been looking at this week, he is a lot more complex and incredible than we could have ever imagined.
God is so great and mighty we can never imagine it. If you think you can imagine all that God is, go read Revelation and your mind will be quickly changed. I was reading Revelation myself earlier today and I was amazed at the description of God’s throne in chapter 4. It is very important that we all learn of God’s great glory, and just because we don’t always see it on earth doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly great and powerful. The Lord is majestic beyond belief (yes, I listened to Petra). We have to let that be none to the world–but first among ourselves.