Reverence: A Lost Concept

The word reverence is rarely used in everyday conversation. In fact, I would guess that many young people don’t know the definition. To be honest, if you would have asked me two months ago for a word that means respect and awe, I wouldn’t have been able to identify the word. It was just off my radar for too long.

Since hearing the word at a prayer meeting or small group discussion a couple months back, the concept has been on my mind, but in my pride I didn’t act on it.

More recently, within the last week, I recognized that I had not been hearing God in the way I had even a year ago. A heart shift had happened. I had unmet expectations of God, and therefore lost some of that respect and awe in His presence. He became someone I expected to disappoint or fall short, and while I still have areas where I struggle to trust Him with my life, I find a little physical expression of reverence goes a long way…even if my heart isn’t there yet.

The term “fake ’til you make it”, I think it applies to faith. You’ve heard it said that love is a decision, and a decision is a conscious choice. I just woke up one day and thought, I’m going to choose to kneel down at my bedside the moment I open my eyes. And when my knees hit the floor I’m going to praise God for all that He is and all that He’s done. After I praise Him I’m going to confess even though my respect for Him is waning at times. Then I’m going to pour out my heart, my deepest hurts, concerns, requests, and cries for help. I’m going to be honest, but I’m also going to remember my place in this relationship by bowing my head, closing my eyes, and kneeling before the King.

While I am still not hearing God clearly, I know that I am doing nearly everything I can think of to open my ears and my eyes to see Him. If you have suggestions for drawing nearer to God in reverence, please leave a comment. I read them!

 

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4 thoughts on “Reverence: A Lost Concept

  1. Rick Christensen

    My biggest challenge is calming and quieting myself to the point of being able to listen. My anxiety and depression distract me from the present moment …..as I think about past and yet to be events.

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    1. sitathisfeet Post author

      Rick, I have this same challenge. First, I like to remind myself that I am anxious or depressed because of misuse of a good quality that God gave me. I find that for me anxiety can be a source of shame, which can morph it into depression or encourage depressive thinking. If I reframe it, reminding myself that God gave me the gift of concern for others and my own well-being and future, then it helps prevent shame and redirect my thinking.
      I especially worry about the past. It seems so silly to say that because I can’t change the past. Plus, God has already cleansed me of the sins of my past, yet here I am wasting the present on concern for the past. For this I try to remind myself that God has trusted me to be a good steward of this life. What if when I made a mistake at work I just stopped working and worried about my mistake? I would probably get fired if I were to do that as long as I have worried about my past at times. In the same way that I am a good steward of my employer’s time and money, I should be a good steward of my time on earth by using my mistakes as lessons to improve my future. Easier said than done.
      I will pray for you today, Rick, that you would be delivered from this challenge, and would live a life of trust and peace in the shadow of the Lord’s wing. Amen.

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  2. Marlin Tien

    Thanks for sharing. We can show God reverence by putting Him first in our life by submitting to His Leadership and Authority when we wake up. When we put others above God, it is idolatry, God becomes second best in our life. We revere and respect Him when He is the best and number one in our life. We choose Him above all others and above all things. How do we do that? First of all, the most important appointment of the day should be appointment with God. During this appointment, is conversation, dialogue with God. I found journaling this conversation with God is very helpful to help me focused. I praise Him and thank Him. I pour out my heart to Him. I ask Him questions and listen to what He has to say. I commit my day to Him. As I go through the day, I want to be aware and conscious of His presence and His activity in my life and my surroundings. I look for things to thank Him and praise Him for. I want to be a messenger of His love. Whatever comes my way, I try to be conscious of how I think, do, or say. What Jesus would think, say or do in this situation. What fruit of the Holy Spirit I can respond with? I want to honer God in everything I do because I love and delight in Him. I want to bring Him pleasure. When our heart desires to revere and honor God with our life, words and actions will follow.

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    1. sitathisfeet Post author

      Marlin, thank you for your heartfelt reply. I agree with everything you said, and I appreciate your suggestion to journal. Thank you for taking the time to reply and for expanding on my definition of reverence.

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