It’s Monday again … which means another opportunity to chase wonder together through our weekly discussion.
This week, I’m drawing from Jen Pollock Michel’s discussion question from Day 10 of A Habit Called Faith: What do you think “the fear of God” means in our practical spiritual experience? How do you sense your own need for God’s grace?
By the way, if you are reading along with us in the Summer Reading Club, don’t forget we’re on day 6 today!
When I hear or read the words "the fear of God", I often picture standing outside, looking up into the night sky with an incredible amount of stars overhead...and I'm simply in awe.
That's a really big question! For me, it's coming to God, cognizant of who he is and who I am (and am not!) I think of how C.S. Lewis talked about it in, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," when Lucy and Mr. Beaver were discussing Aslan and she asks if Aslan is safe because she is afraid of meeting a lion. Mr. Beaver tells her that Aslan is not safe, but that he is good and that he is the King.
I sense my need for God's grace when I am focused on him. It's easy in my day-to-day preoccupation with self and circumstances to fix my eyes on me and what I can do. When I step back and focus on him, I can see how much I need him and his grace.