I read this today from John Piper…”People go to terrifying movies because they know the monster cannot get into the theater. They want to be scared as long as they are safe. For some reason it feels good. This is an echo of the truth that they were made for God. There is something profoundly satisfying about being “frightened” when we cannot be hurt. It is the best when the trembling comes from the grandeur of holiness.”
What an interesting thought. God is an awesome and terrifying God, and yet, through His Son we are completely safe. We were made to love that sense – potential terror blocked by complete and assured safety. Yet another reason to love the Lord. For both His overwhelming “hugeness” and his love shown through the safety He provides in Jesus.
“Come to God. Take refuge in God. Hide in the shadow of his wings. This is where we live and serve with joyful trembling. It is terrible and it is wonderful. It is like the eye of a hurricane-terror all around, and totally beautiful and calm. Here there is sweet fellowship. Here is quiet, loving communion. Here we speak to him as to a friend. Here he ministers to our deepest needs. I invite you to come.”
Thank you, Lord.