At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still.
You alone are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry?
Once again, we are reminded that God isn’t just the loving, caring, forgiving God that we think of when we picture Jesus in our heads. He is also the all powerful, vengeful, jealous, righteous judge of humanity. How God can be both is a bit of a mystery to us here on Earth, but since he’s God, he defies definition sometimes.
So if he is so loving, why should we fear him? I think this has been covered countless times by better minds than me, and I’m pretty sure I’ve covered it on this blog in the past, but here’s some quick thoughts off the beaten path. Even if you know you are saved and you know that God’s wrath has been satiated by Jesus dying on the cross for your sins, it doesn’t change the fact that God is still the ultimate imposing presence.
I don’t have a good analogy for this, so I apologize up front if this seems off. But the image that popped into my head this morning was that of the Cold War in the 80s’. We all knew that the U.S. and Russia would never start WWIII by launching nuclear weapons at each other, because that would be the end of the world. But that didn’t change the fact that people and countries feared the two superpowers of the world.
Again, not a perfect analogy and maybe I should stick to the parent analogy (a child knows the parent won’t stop loving them but they fear temporary punishment or even the parent’s disappointment). But I thought I’d share that image of the superpowers because it seemed to connect with me on a larger scale.
Anyway, the point is that God is not a doormat. He’s not to be trifled with. He’s the King of Kings. He’s the ultimate power in the universe (wait, did I just quote Star Wars? nice). He’s all the nuclear bombs in the world and someday he’s going to show up and blow this whole place to Kingdom come (literally).
A little perspective is healthy in this matter. God loves you, but don’t forget who he is.