FINE LINE (by “my brother” Tony Griffin)

Posted: July 9, 2013 in Articles, Religion
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This is what the LORD says… “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.” -Isaiah 66:1-2

There’s an incredibly delicate and fine line that we need to walk when it comes to the Bible. On the one hand, we need to view God’s Word as the incredibly intimate expression of His heart that it is. It’s tender and gentle. But on the other hand, we also need to see it as the awesome and authoritative expression of His will.

At the end of the book of Isaiah, God leaves us with this thought: “I will bless those who… tremble at my word.” The Hebrew word for “tremble” literally means to shake or quake with fear. In other words, God is telling us that His Word should produce a sense of fear in us. This isn’t the sort of fear that drives us away from God but the kind of fear that instills us with a sense of respect and reverence.

We see God’s Word all over the place. It’s on coffee cups, bumper stickers, jewelry, paperweights, and pillowcases. We see stacks of Bibles in bargain bins, and we can even buy a pack of breath mints with our favorite verses on them! This isn’t necessarily wrong, but if we’re not careful, so much familiarity with God’s Word can actually cause us to lose that sense of awe and reverence towards it.

The Word of God deserves our deepest respect. It should drive us to the edge of that fine line where fear and familiarity meet. Yes, we should enjoy and experience the tender and gentler aspects of the Word, but never at the unholy expense of losing proper respect for it.

God blesses the heart that trembles in the presence of His Word. Does yours?

Tony Griffin

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