The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23
In a time that no longer exists, respect, self-control, and obedience were core character traits of most children who matured into adults with admirable qualities. And yes, we were God-fearing, which regulated our behaviors, habits, and decisions. As we move toward societal collapse, the Apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy summarizes the present condition of our world:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 1-5 NKJV.
“Common: of a quality or of level to be generally expected.”
The most compelling issue is that we have taken the Bible [God’s voice] and interpreted the scriptures according to our sinful minds. We speak God’s name so loosely that we fail to perceive Him as the Holy “El Shaddai.” We no longer give God [I AM that I AM, Exodus 3:14] the honor, respect, or obedience that He rightfully deserves. Humanity who He created in His image, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:13-14 gives our Creator the slightest reverence of all creatures.
Our faith is tested daily. Because we rely on our five senses, it is difficult for many to revere an invisible God. The book of Revelation provides us with a vivid description of reverence and worship, which allows us to form a mental image. Although God has not opened our eyes to view angels in their original form, many artists have painted their rendition of the angelic host worshiping around the throne from reading the biblical description. The angels love God with such adoration that the Apostle John was allowed to see them in heavenly visions.
And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. And they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”…Revelation 22: 10-12. The obedient messenger angels provide us with an example of the level of reverence and obedience that our Holy of Holy God deserves.
What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor. Psalm 8:4-5
Sadly, we fail to embrace that God us crowned with glory and honor nor do we keep foremost in our thoughts that Jesus suffered, bled, and died for humanity.
The permission granted by God the Father to give His only precious Son, Jesus Christ, was to pay our debt of sin. What can I do with the little I have to offer? The least I can do is to worship God with reverence. Faith, trust, and obedience are fruits that flourish from the heart filled with love and adoration for the Most-High God! We are promised immortality and a forever home in the New Heaven and New Earth.
Reverence of God’s Holiness is embraced and cultivated in our present lives in preparation for eternal life. Where do you stand? Do your behaviors and lifestyles reveal that God is Holy or common? Only you and God can provide the answer.
Bible Readings: Psalm 91 and Revelation chapters 21 and 22
Prayer: God, we pray for our minds to receive the wisdom to understand that you are Holy. May we receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit on our lives as we prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of Jesus. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers Ministry