God is completely good. God is completely loving. God is unceasingly gracious. God’s mercy knows no limits. God is a great and awesome God. Contemporary ears will hear “great and awesome” and think big and wonderful. The ancient Hebrew would be more apt to associate those words with fear and reverence. God is not to be feared because He has any evil or unjust qualities or wants to do any harm. God is to be feared because of the sheer magnitude of His holiness, power and splendor.
An appropriate fear of God means we realize that next to Him we are the dirt from which He originally made us. We are nothing without Him. We have no wisdom except what He gives us. We have no goodness except what comes from Him. It is being ever aware of how bankrupt we are alone.
It is the recognition that He is supreme and, in His goodness and grace, He has given us everything through Christ.
“You shall not be in dread of them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.”
When was the last time you considered God, revealed in scripture as El Gadol VeNora, as something so overwhelming that it created healthy fear in you?
Repent of underestimating the awesome power of El Gadol VeNora. Pray and ask El Gadol VeNora to help you see how great and awesome He is. Listen and think about how this changes your relationship with El Gadol VeNora. Meditate on Mark 4:35-41 and think about when Jesus calmed the storm. The disciples, who knew and loved Him, were afraid of the storm. They were terrified of Jesus after He calmed it. What do you make of that?
On day 21 we learned about the weight of God’s glory, and His importance. But God’s glory also gives Him unsurpassed beauty. God’s Majestic Glory is often described as a cloud, lightning, fire, and smoke. He is so pure and dazzling that humankind can’t look upon it unprotected. The overwhelming brightness of Jesus’s glory blinded Saul on the road to Damascus. When Moses asked to see God’s glory God told him he couldn’t look upon His face and live.
We have a very weak sense of God’s beauty, but we were created to crave it. Most of the time instead of drawing closer the magnificent creator we satisfy this longing by chasing after His creation. There is nothing in creation that comes anywhere close to the Majestic Glory of God. When we come anywhere close to it, it changes us. It is so attractive and worthwhile that everything else pales in comparison to it.
“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.”
When you spend time with Naddir Kavod, the name scripture gives God as Majestic Glory, how does it affect you?
Repent of only seeking beauty in God’s creation and not seeking Naddir Kavod, the most splendid of all beauty. Pray and ask the Lord to show you His Majestic Glory. Listen and think about Naddir Kavod and the promise that the Holy Spirit will transform us more and more like Him. Meditate and ask the Holy Spirit how you can help others to see the beauty of God. What would that look like?