I am into the fear of God. It seems to neon-light itself at me throughout Scripture. People have turned it into an undesirable emotion, but the fear of God is a good thing. The book of Proverbs loves it.
“In the fear of the Lord, there is strong confidence…a place of refuge…a fountain of life, to turn away from the snares of death…the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 14:26–27, 9:10 NKJV).
Solomon, both author and the wisest man who ever lived, ought to know, right?
In the complexity of God’s characteristics, his paradoxes perplex me, and that is part of his vastness and his perfectness. As difficult as it is to comprehend even a sliver of grace juxtaposed with mercy, righteousness, and judgment, or complete opposites like love and hate, not one attribute of God contradicts or lessens another. Because he is God, he is what he says even when my pea brain cannot join the pieces as I would with a puzzle.
And that’s where the conundrum comes…