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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him.”—Psalm 33:8 (NIV)
When I was six or seven years old, my brother, a Marine, would come home for the holidays dressed in uniform. Joey carried himself in such a way that his presence demanded respect. The very sight of him walking through our front door, decked out in “Class A” apparel, was jaw dropping. I’d stand at attention, gazing into his eyes with healthy reverence, not knowing how to approach him. I certainly didn’t want to jump into his arms for a hug because he was so sharp and clean pressed—the last thing I wanted to do was wrinkle those perfectly-ironed creases!
That moment would soon be erased by his welcoming smile. “Come give big Bro a hug!” he’d say. I’d instantly forget about his title and his uniform and simply embrace my big brother. In that split second, nothing changed about Joey from a positional standpoint. He was still a Marine, but reverence transitioned into relationship.
My relationship to my brother is similar to how we relate to Christ. You see, He is indeed the all-powerful, all-knowing, sovereign God. All creation was formed in His image and likeness (Genesis 1 & 2). It is from Him, through Him, by Him, and for His glory that all things were made (Romans 11:36). It is He who can calm the storms (Matthew 8:23-27). It is He who can shut the mouth of a lion (Daniel 6:22) and even walk in the fire unconsumed (Daniel 3:25). It is He who is outside of time from eternity past (Psalm 93:2). He even was recorded saying, “Before Abraham was ever born, I am!” (John 8:58 NIV). The list of God’s credentials are greatly deserving of our reverence, worship, devotion, and admiration. Who wouldn’t want to worship and revere such a magnificent ruler?
Yet, He came to us in the form of a humble Man. Despite who He was from a positional perspective, Christ met the disciples on a relational level. When the Lord called Simon Peter (Matthew 4:18–22; Luke 5:1–11), He went to his fishing boat and said, “Follow me!” (Matthew 4:19). Surely Peter felt unworthy to be in Christ’s presence, but who wouldn’t want to follow a God who meets you personally and knows your name?
DIG: Read Luke 5:1-11 and Matthew 4:18–22.
DISCOVER: Search out the Scriptures mentioned parenthetically in this devotional and read for yourself about a God deserving of our reverence.
DISPLAY: Demonstrate a healthy fear or reverence for God by your actions each day, but don’t forget that He is extremely relational.