Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28-29 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

With Reverence and Awe

Montmorency Falls is one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in Canada. Located just a few kilometers from Quebec City, it is an impressive waterfall that cascades 83 meters down a sheer cliff face. The falls are a popular tourist attraction that draws millions of visitors each year. One of the unique features of Montmorency Falls is the suspension bridge that spans its width. This bridge offers visitors a breathtaking view of the cascading water and the surrounding area.

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One of the great blessings of being a follower of Jesus is that we are brought into relationship with our Creator. God the Father becomes our Abba – an Aramaic word of endearment used by a child to refer to their Father. In the New Testament, it is used by both Jesus and Paul to refer to God with a sense of intimacy. This wasn’t new. The word abba appears in traditional Jewish liturgy and Jewish prayers to God. But through Jesus, our relationship to God becomes one of deep intimacy – we become His children, adopted into His forever family by the shed blood of Jesus. We are invited to enter His presence at any time, just as a son or daughter can enter boldly into the presence of the monarch without invitation. At the same time, God is still God – the great King of the universe, the Holy One who is above all else. So, in Christian worship, we enter into the presence of our abba, but we do so, in the words of Hebrews 12:28-29: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’”

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley