In the 30s, Boris Karloff dressed up as Frankenstein and it was reported that women literally fainted in fear. In the 60s was a movie called Psycho that caused women to pass out in the theater.
What does this have to do with the Nativity? Back in Bethlehem, when the angels appeared, the shepherds were terrified. It wasn’t because they were of a sensitive nature. The shepherds were rough men of the outdoors. They were confronted with supernatural beings. It was terrifying. And the account records a very real reaction. If that’s their reaction to angels of God, how much more to God?
God is awesome! In Hebrew the word for awe is pachad. It also means fear. We need to have a holy sense of the awesomeness of God, the sense of awe that caused Isaiah to cry out, “Woe is me” – the awe that causes strong men to fall on their faces and caused the first believers to becom e mighty men and women of God and change the world. Draw near to God, and get into His awesomeness. Those who truly know Him are those who will walk in His holy awe.
Today’s Mission – Draw near to God’s presence today, and get into His awesomeness.