Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. (Exodus 20:18-21 ESV)
We must remember that our God is a consuming fire. He is not one to be ignored or taken for granted. C.S. Lewis illustrates him well in a conversation between the children who have not yet met Aslan, and the beavers. Lucy, one of the children, asks, “is he safe?”
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
Lord, you are the King of kings and Lord of lords. You have gone to great lengths to save us and paid a great price for our redemption. We are yours. Would you cause us to remember this, that we might not put vain pursuits before you, or think lightly of our relationship with you. May we have a proper fear of you.