In our previous Relationship Tuesdays, we’ve been looking at the fear of God in terms of being a created being. And today we’re going to look at what a lack of the fear of God looks like.
We fear God because He is our creator. In every way He’s beyond us. And it’s not just us who have this response. When we look at glimpses of heaven in the Bible, we see the seraphim around the throne and these are pretty scary characters: they have six wings; they have four faces: a man, a bull, an eagle, and a lion; and as if that weren’t enough they are covered in eyes. It’s like something right out of horror show. And yet before the throne of God these terrifying creatures not only bow, they cover their heads and their feet in holy fear of their creator.
And if they’re afraid, how much more should we be as sinful rebels before the throne? I mean just look at Isaiah’s reaction when he stood before God.
But you know I don’t think everyone is afraid of God like they should be, and that’s often what gets us in trouble. Take for example, Isaiah 14 when talking about Satan:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, [and] consider thee, [saying, Is] this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; [That] made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; [that] opened not the house of his prisoners?”
Satan had no fear of God. He assumed that He could just usurp His throne.
Or look at Adam and Eve, they ate from the tree of knowledge and good and evil. They had no fear of God.
Everywhere you look in the Bible those who lack a fear of God are called wicked and reprobate. They do what they please. They profane righteousness. They are in a word, evil.
And even on judgment day, in Matthew 7 Jesus talks about those who are going to list everything they did for Jesus, make claims of having relationship with Him, trying to convince Him why they are worthy of heaven; telling God why you’re worthy of His approval isn’t a position of fear before a Holy and just God.
Alternatively if you look at Revelations 15, you get a glimpse of what the saints of God, those who have a relationship with Him say:
And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by Godand sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.
Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed. (Revelations 15:2-4)
I mean this is on the verge of entering the end of the age at this point, and the saints in heaven are still talking about fearing God. I don’t think this is something that goes away when we enter eternity. In fact, I think it gets even more pronounced as we stand face to face with His holiness.