I like Selwyn’s words – obviously heÂ was passionate about this issue, re: “We continue reflecting on the fact that the Early Church lived with a deep sense of the numinous (sensing the presence of divinity). The first Christians were in awe of God and rightly feared Him. When we lose a sense of reverence for God it will not be long before we find ourselves rationalising His commands, adapting His words to suit ourselves, and cauterising our consciences.
I have written before of my concern about the way in which God is viewed by some modern-day Christians – how He is trivialised, packaged for entertainment, seen as a formula for success, or treated like a celestial slot-machine.Â … There is, I know, a fine line between being God’s friend and being too much in awe of Him.”
The prayer for today is also good: “O God, help me always to be in awe of You. Your Son knew You better than anyone, yet called You ‘Holy Father’. May this same sense of awe and reverence pervade my relationship with You too. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
The awe of God is often lost when we lose the sense that we are created for a purpose. Acts 17: 25-28: ‘ … He gives all men and women life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that everyone would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.’
People just don’t like the idea that in God, we have our being – hence if they diminish the need for a creatorÂ theyÂ thenÂ lessen the need for accountability – what do you think?