Ecclesiastes – Awe of God
From Ecclesiastes 7 we learnt that our lives are idol factories, to tear those factories down we need to be in awe of God! Meditating on the majesty of God; Recognizing the Grace of God; Fellowshipping with God – they are just some ways of fostering awe.
Q. Read the following excerpt from Prince Caspian. How does this demonstrate the fear of God?
“And Now!” said Aslan in a much louder voice with just a hint of roar in it, while his tail lashed his flanks. “And now, where is this little Dwarf, this famous swordsman and archer, who doesn’t believe in lions? Come here, Son of Earth, come HERE!” – and the last word was no longer the hint of a roar but almost the real thing.
“Wraiths and wreckage!” gasped Trumpkin in the ghost of a voice. The children, who knew Aslan well enough to see that he like the Dwarf very much, were not disturbed; but it was quite another thing for Trumpkin, who had never seen a lion before, let alone this Lion. He did the only sensible thing he could have done; that is, instead of bolting, he tottered towards Aslan.
Aslan pounced. Have you ever seen a very young kitten being carried in the mother cat’s mouth? It was like that. The Dwarf, hunched up in a little, miserable ball, hung from Aslan’s mouth. The Lion gave him one shake and all his armour rattled like a tinker’s pack and then – he-presto – the Dwarf flew up in the air. He was as safe as if he had been in bed, though he did not feel so. As he came back the huge velvety paws caught him as gently as a mother’s arms and set him (right way up, too) on the ground.[i]
Q. What pictures or language might you use to help demonstrate and explain the fear of God?
Q. Ponder the Majesty of God, the Grace of God and the Presence of God; how might these help you to foster an awe of God? Do you find one easier than the others? If so, how might your awe be less without the other aspects?
Q. By what other means might you foster and feed your awe of God?
[i] Lewis, Narnia Collection, Prince Caspian, ch 11, 386-387