The Hebrew people leaving Egypt had heard and seen the glory and awesomeness of God. In chapter 19 in verse 16 of Exodus they had seen thundering, lightning and even the mountain shaking with a trumpet sound as God presented Himself in a cloud to them. It states the whole camp trembled.
Man went from speaking and walking with God in the Garden of Eden to being afraid of His voice and His presence. Today Jesus has become our mediator. The Holy Spirit dwells in us that know Jesus as Lord. Jesus died on the cross so we could have communion with our heavenly Father without fear.
Unfortunately many have no fear and take that as no reverence also. The mountains can still shake, the thunder still roars and lightening still strikes at the sound of His voice. We serve a merciful and loving God, but we also serve a justice God. If God did not represent perfect justice, He could not be the God we speak of as we talk so lovingly about His grace and mercy.
Reverence: deep respect
If we as Christians have deep respect for our God would we use His name in vain? Would we sit in church and text on our phones, or look at our Facebook page? If we had deep respect for our God would we not sit and listen intently to what God was saying through His word and through His chosen man or woman of God.
Many of us as parents are not teaching our children reverence for their God. We love the grace and the mercy part, but we forget reverence. When we reverence someone we take time to find out what they expect of us, and we try to meet that expectation.
I believe if we could teach our future generation to reverence God as much as call HIm our friend, we would not have to tell them how to dress, or tell them how to talk, or instruct them on purity over and over again. When we deeply respect someone we look to them for guidance and approval!
Hebrews 12:29-29 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.