Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? Standing on the rim, peering down into that immense chasm with its vast width and dizzying depths, it’s easy to be awestruck. There’s an overwhelming sense of majesty and downright terror that we feel while standing on the edge-especially if we’re afraid of heights. The fear of God is like that. It isn’t an unhealthy fear, but an overwhelming sense of sheer greatness of God himself.
Touring the Grand Canyon doesn’t diminish our sense of awe; it increases it. In the same way, having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ doesn’t lessen our fear of God; it enhances it.
The angels in heaven are in God’s direct presence, and their song reflects their worship, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
Familiarity with the Lord never leads to careless devotion. We never “get used to” Him. The closer we draw to our Lord, the greater He becomes in our eyes. And that’s good because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Commentary from David Jeremiah’s Pathways Devotional, March 2.