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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

Keeping Spirituality Alive SEPTEMBER 28


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Ps. 111:10.

The fear of the Lord marks an abiding characteristic of the Christian life. What is the nature of this fear? Not fear its we often think of it; for such fear has its origin in a defective faith in God and in His guidance. We have every reason for confidence in Christ. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father" (Rom. 8:14, 15).

The fear of the Lord is better expressed by the English word awe. We are to have a reverent relationship with the holy God, a quick sensitivity to all that God is. The awe of the Lord, like the love of the Lord, is a noble thing. We hold with respect and deep devotion an exalted conception of God, of His love and His holiness.

We should take more advantage of silent, reverent communion with the Lord. We can have within our lives a reverent poise and inner dignity when possessed by the Holy Spirit. Holy reverence allows of no frivolity. The fear of the Lord contrasts sharply with the orgiastic celebrations of most pagan religions. The craving for excitement in their religious worship stands in contrast with the reverent awe of the Christian faith. Certain false religions seek to escape from the gloom of existence by wild religious dances and fits of spiritistic intoxication.

The truest condition of the Christian life is not found in frivolous responses to God. True awe allows great respect for God; respect for His glorious Person and character ought to fill its with sacred solicitude. We ought to fear lest we should grieve such love.

Those who will stand on the sea of glass before our God will sing, "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee" (Rev. 15:4). How faulty and deficient is a religion in which reverence has little or no place, one that lacks respect and humility before the holiness of God. Without this we attain no depth of spirituality. The purest and most genuine saints stand in awe of God, draw near to Him in humility and quiet assurance.

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