“I am no one to be trifled with that’s all you need to know”-Wesley (The Dread Pirate Roberts) from the movie the Princes Bride
The Dread Pirate Roberts. No one wanted to come in contact with him. If you did, you would surely be killed. He was feared in all the land. And fear is not a fun thing. No one likes to be afraid or fearful of what could happen.
However there is another side of fear that we as believers should take into consideration. Fear also means to have “reverent awe”. In other words, to be amazed, to esteem, respect, to be in wonder of, or to worship. The Bible says, “Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. Psalm 33:8 (NASB)
The Old Testament is full of extraordinary examples of God showing his power. Parting the Red Sea or other bodies of water (several times), stopping time, large armies destroying themselves, saving people from certain death, a baby born after menopause. The list goes on and on. It really is amazing when you read some of those stories. Sometimes I think, did I really just read that God did that?
The Old Testament isn’t the only place He shows His power. Look at life. He can take a miserable teenager who feels unloved and give her a life full his love through her husband, children and church. He turns a diagnosis of cancer into a blessing instead of a death sentence. He repairs broken marriages. He heals old emotional wounds. He forgives the impossible, when no one else will.
Even if things like that don’t amaze you, look at the plan of salvation. It is a true miracle and should not be taken lightly. Not only did He know that we could never obtain the perfection he desires. But because of His love for us, He gave us a way out of it. And the way out of it is just mind boggling.
He exists in three separate persons, which in itself is a mystery, but one of those three separate persons is able to come down to earth and be born as a human being. He lives on earth for 30 some years completely perfect. No small task I can assure you, even in biblical times.
Then after living perfectly, he dies a horrible death and suffers beyond our comprehension. God not only allows this, he plans it well in advance, before time began. He became the sacrifice to atone for the sins of all. Sins we haven’t even committed yet.
And Yes, he did it for ALL people. The people of then, and people of the future. You and I, our children, and grandchildren. People before us and after us.
And what do we have to do in return?
Well, not a lot really. Just believe it, have faith in it, and live it for the rest of our lives. Oh and it doesn’t have to be perfectly either. We still mess up. He even knows we will.
Huh? I know, none of it makes any sense. Yet that is exactly what He did. He did it because He can. And quite honestly when you think about it, it is a little scary. Someone with that much power uses it for our benefit out of something so simple as love.
God and the Dread Pirate Roberts are a little similar. They are both feared. They are both powerful. They are both no one to be trifled with.
However the Dread Pirate Roberts is feared because of what he can do to us.
God should be feared because of what He can do for us.