One of the many struggles we face in our faith in God is that we can't truly fathom our Creator. Some of us handle this by shrinking God down into something we can better understand, a father, a daddy who loves us and only wants the best for us. Others blow God up and excuse their lack of understanding of God by calling it impossible, and giving up. But to know and fear the Lord is a blessing; a challenge we are called to take on.
Psalm 147:4 tells us that God created each every star and calls them by name. There are billions of stars in our night sky, more than we can see or even fathom. And yet, God took the time to create and name each individual one. How is that any different than the care and love that was taken with each of us? God knew us before we were our great-grandparents dreaming of their great-grandchildren; before anyone had even considered us, we were loved.
Our great, fathomless God took the time to look at all that was created and think that the world also needed one of me. It needed a big-opinioned, curly-headed, blogger to share her words. And it also needed a less-opinionated, louder, taller man to be her husband. And so on. We can know the Lord by knowing that we were created with a particular thought and purpose; we may not understand it completely, but that isn't what we are supposed to do. We to can learn know God through God's words, particularly in the New Testament. When we study Jesus's teaching about His Father, we can better know what God asks of us in the new faith that Jesus came to teach.
Fear of the Lord brings its own challenges, but by applying God's words to our lives, we can grow to love and fear God as we are called to do. Fear of the Lord springs from the Old Testament, a reminder of how real and active God can be our lives. God can be a great pillar of fire, like in the book of Exodus. God can send prophets to warn us and perform miracles. God can be very present and active in our lives. We should fear that greatness as the incomprehensible, awesome power that it is.
To know now and fear the Lord is a complicated calling. We can't make God smaller in effort to allow our human understanding to be able to comprehend. But we also should not make God so great and terrible that we cannot love God as the good, loving God we know God to be. Today, let us examine how and even if we know and fear God by reflecting on how and when we pray. Do we pray all the time, with countless little demands throughout the day? Or do we only pray for the really big stuff? What does that say about your faith in God?