Awesome Fear

My Hungarian friend Magdi said there’s no equivalent for awesome in Hungarian, so she explains it to Hungarians by saying it’s admiration mixed with fear

Last month, looking at the awesome rugged mountains of Croatia jutting above the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, I realized that everyone who drives, flies, boats or walks on or near those peaks must have a healthy fear for their size and presence. 

Sometimes I forget the healthy fear part to God. 

He holds the power of life and death. We deserve to die. But He’s chosen to provide a way of escape we don’t deserve.

Like those rugged mountains breaking through the earth and towering high above the blue Adriatic, God’s size and presence demands our healthy fear.

“Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” Proverbs 1:7.

Will you join me today in asking for more revelation about the awesome qualities of our awesome God?

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  1. Love this. I've heard this healthy fear described as being like standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon. It is amazingly huge and magnificent, beautiful beyond words, and at the same time, there is a certain danger if you step too close to the edge... Yet the beauty still draws us. That kind of fear. Came to your site through Thought Provoking Thursday. I've enjoyed reading. God bless!

    1. Love your Grand Canyon analogy. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again. Bless you! Gail

  2. Gail, thanks for your post and reminding us to reverence God. He is a God of love, but He is also a judge. We need to have a healthy respect for His power and His strength. The picture is beautiful, by the way. I love looking at God's creation. Even the earth speaks of His power and majesty. Blessings and safe travels, Deborah H. Bateman-Author

  3. What an awesome post Gail and those pictures are absolutely breathtaking.

  4. wow..lucky you...what fabulous travel experiences you must be having....and what an awareness of the awesomeness of our creator!! good for you. your pictures are great!

  5. Awesome pictures of our Heavenly Father's creation!! And there are those that doubt there is God! Thanks for this reminder of WHO HE IS??!! He is so merciful and loving yet we fail to give him the love honor and respect HE SO DESERVES!!

  6. Stunning photos ... and I love your message to go with them! I totally agree with having a healthy fear of our awesome God! Thanks for the beautiful reminder. Deb @

  7. It is so beautiful in Hungary!!! I love the color of the mountains contrasted with the blue water and rust colored roofs. What beauty you are blessed to see!! Your post is a beautiful contrast of the fear of God like your picture portrays.


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