I came across the following passage in my daily reading and received a good dose of the fear of the Lord. Thought I’d share…

“And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.” Leviticus 9:23-10:3.

Nadab and Abihu were not burning with the fear of the Lord. 😦

We must recognize the God we serve. When we come before the Lord, we are approaching a holy God, full of power and majesty; the creator of the universe. We must not deal flippantly with God, especially when He calls us to Himself.

We must put nothing before God; not chores, sleep, children, husbands, or “ministry” work. God is not impressed with our busyness. It pleases God when we wait on Him. Time “wasted” on the Lord is not time wasted at all!

The time is coming when He will again, appear before us in all His glory, and we will see the full awesomeness of God. His word expresses time and time again, His love for us, and also His power and authority, so we have no excuse but to know Him and His ways.

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” Revelation 5:12.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” Psalm 111:10

May we always be burning with the fear of the Lord.