At this point we need to take off our shoes; we are entering holy ground. We are drawing near to a place of fear and trembling, the very presence of him from whom all things exist: the uncreated creator. The great Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, once said, “No thought has frightened me so far.” But unlike Kierkegaard, the thought of the one who created all thought instils within me a healthy fear. How can it be that God is not created? How can he just be? Is there anything that came before him? Trembling, I realize I cannot understand. Yet I can worship him who is beyond my understanding. We must bow our heads, cover our eyes and believe that in this place of blindness we will see all things. The only way we will understand the one beyond understanding is if we come with reverential fear and worship. Let us remember: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps. 111:10).
The first verse of the Bible is meant to impart the fear of the Lord. Unfortunately, we often read it with a “been there, done that” mentality. If you come to the Bible lacking the reverence that Genesis 1:1 conveys, you come in vain. You may read, but you will not understand. You may see, but you will be blind. You may exegete, but your words will be empty. But to those who fear, the “secrets of the kingdom” are given (Matt. 13:11).
Prayer: O Eternal Lord, to even enter into the thought of you is to come onto holy ground. Right now, I take off my shoes. I don’t want to rush; I don’t want to be casual. I tremble before you. Teach me the fear of the Lord, Almighty God, the Alpha and Omega. I want to begin my journey into you with the fear of the Lord.