A HOLY FEAR OF GOD AND HIS JUDGMENTS (John Cotton)
“Hear this now, O foolish people, without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not: Do you not fear Me? Says the Lord: (Jeremiah 5:21-22).
We learn from this text what is the best frame of mind with which to entertain God’s judgments. We are to adore the perfections of the glorious God who is displayed in them. We are to be afraid of them, deeply abhorring the divine displeasure and humbling ourselves under His mighty hand. We are to stand in such awe of Him that we renounce and abandon every evil way and rush to the Lord Jesus Christ as our only place of refuge.
“Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalms 2:12). We learn from this text that it is not cowardly to be afraid of God’s judgments, but very agreeable to true Christian courage.
God is no fit match for us to contend with. No one has ever hardened himself against Him and prospered (Job 9:4). He is our Creator; we are His creatures. We are as clay in the hands of the potter. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. God cannot ere on His end, as the princes of this world may in execution of their displeasure through impotency or want of knowledge, for He is infinite in knowledge, wisdom, and power, and there is no comparison between infinite and finite.
It is not cowardly, then, to fear God.
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