“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” (Psalm 111:10)
Being afraid of God never seemed right to me. In middle school, I learned that a better translation of “fear of the Lord” is “awe of the Lord.” Holding God in awe. I like this because God is indeed awesome in His power, His knowledge, His justice – and also in His mercy, love and compassion.
The notion of an awesome God helps keep us humble. It reminds us that we are creatures. It inspires our prayers of praise and gratitude to God as the One who does all things (even when He uses us as His instruments). It makes us happy to follow God’s precepts because we know He is trustworthy; we know His laws are designed for our own good.
Our God (everyone’s God) is an awesome God! Let us praise and thank Him every day for the many blessings of His creation, for the countless blessings of our own lives.