Recently, I read Proverbs 31:30-31:
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
I was struck by “a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” What does this mean? Am I supposed to be scared of the hell, fire, brimstone and damnation so frequently toted among certain groups? I don’t think so.
God is my (our) Abba, Father, Daddy, Papa. Yes, He disciplines His children, as any good father would do. It seems to me that He wants respect, awe, reverence, and loyalty, not a paralyzing fear of Him.
He is: Jehovah-Rapha, our Healer; Jehovah-Shalom, our Peace; El-Roi, God who sees me; Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider; Adonai Lord and many other names from the Old and New Testaments.
I am in awe of all God’s creations. Consider how humans are amazing machines capable of thinking, creating, reproducing, communicating, etc. Our brains tell muscles to move our bones, and we walk. No oil changes need (except maybe shampooing), just routine maintenance of food and liquids, exercise and rest. Or plants that start as a tiny seed and grow to bear fruit or provide great shade (important in Houston). Tiny leaves slowly unfurl to catch nutrients from the sun causing growth to maturity; with roots that absorb water to support that growth. That was a mini science note!
God works miracles small and large on a daily basis. You just need to pay attention. It can be a life saving delay that keeps me from a fatal accident. Or a miraculous healing that the doctors cannot explain. He loves us SO much that He sent Jesus, His only Son. How amazingly awesome is that?!?!
Reverence is deep respect. How do I respect God? Personally, I strive to not pollute my environment, body and soul; reading His Word for its revealing wisdom and path to Abba; being a servant and not served; taking on His yoke. You might think “sounds great, but is it sustainable?” I am an imperfect human. Therefore, it is God who brings to fruition grace and forgiveness in my life. He gives me His words to speak when I’d like to scream at someone. But I have to be aware and open the channel to Him first. Also, reverence includes not having a tantrum if the answer to my prayer is “wait” or “no.” God is omniscient – all knowing. He has the big road map and I have the street map. His ways are higher and are for my good. I may need hindsight to see it sometimes.
Lord, Abba, El-Roi, continue to reveal Your amazing grace and love to me that I may share with others. Help me to remember to seek You first and have a grateful attitude. Let others see the something different in me is Your Holy Spirit. Let me be a woman who is in awe of You! Amen.