Weekly Bible Study #26
This week I got to thinking about the way we approach God these days and thought today we will talk about reverence. First off I want to establish what reverence is:
Reverence is defined as “a deep respect for” or “regard or treat with deep respect”
Now I’m not old fashioned by any means but over the years churches have started having a more laid back, relaxed approach and that is fine. When I go to church myself it usually is on a Saturday night and I often wear jeans and a t-shirt. But it hasn’t stopped there, I think it is important to feel comfortable with God, but what I see is a lot of us have gotten so accustomed to the laid back attitude that we have forgotten what it truly is to revere our Lord. We just talk to the Lord in passing like one of our friends, and yes Jesus is our friend but I feel he deserves to be a bit higher than “homie status”
When you talk to your boss at work, your commanding officer in the military or even to the President, or the Queen of England you probably wouldn’t address them in a laid back easygoing manner. When a commanding officer asks you to do something or gives an order you probably wouldn’t say “Yeah, sure thing buddy”. The correct and expected response would be “Yes sir.” The position itself demands respect and we give it without question.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
We need to be careful not to go too far with the whole comfort thing. On the earth we typically strive to show respect for people who are in a position of power over us, yet when it comes to the name above all names we don’t try very hard. Jesus is our friend but He is also our Lord.
I’m not saying we need to become monks or perform animal sacrifices, but I think we should be at least making an effort to revere God and show him respect where possible. Take the time when praying to actually kneel and remove distractions by closing your eyes. Show him that you respect Him enough to give Him your full attention, respect Him enough that you do not act ashamed when people ask you about Him. Tell God you love Him, worship Him, and thank Him for what He does. Tell Him how mighty He is.
You may think “God already knows I love Him, I don’t need to say it. After all He is God.” And for those who are married I ask you this…Your spouse knows you love them, but does that mean you dont need to say it?
13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
It seems as time goes on we are revering God and the things of God as less sacred
7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.
Lastly I think this verse from the Amplified version really hits home. Hopefully this will give you something to think about.
Isaiah 29:13 (AMP)
13 And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and their fear and reverence for Me are a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning]