“Picture yourself standing at the edge of a cliff looking down to the river a thousand feet below. Would there be a sense of fear causing you to step back and grab hold of a support system? If you were out enjoying yourself in a canoe suddenly discovering the water of the river was disappearing over a great Niagara Falls a little bit ahead, would a sense of fear take over? Say, you wanted a sense of excitement deciding to climb an inactive volcanic mountain when getting near the top, you heard a noise and saw the flames erupting, would a sense of fear cause you to run for your life seeking cover?
“So, why doesn’t a sense of fear overtake us when we’re tempted to go against those commandments, the laws the creator initiated for our safety and well-being? Does a sense of fear come upon you first before you tell your teacher the dog ate your homework? Shouldn’t our fear of God be like our fear of falling off a cliff? You step back from the temptation to grab hold of the rule-book, knowing that obeying it will keep you from falling. Should our fear of God be so strong that the desire to cross the line into immorality and deceit is immediately aroused when we approach the line; your heart beats faster, you feel the blood rushing in your head and you gasp for air breathing deeply wanting safety.
“Think. The book of Romans tells us: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”
An excerpt from “Considering the Ant. Memoirs of Samuel Guardyall”