By LOU TISCIONE
My wife and I recently took a vacation in Florida. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. We had a terrific time in Palm Beach. We were fortunate to be upgraded to a suite. Since we had a kitchen, we thought that we’d stock up on some things.
We walked across the street to the Publix Supermarket and found everything that we needed. I was wearing a “Fear God” T-shirt. While in the checkout line a lady looked at me in distress and said to me, “Why should I fear God?” The cashier smiled and I responded. “If one doesn’t know Jesus one ought to fear God!”
Upon reflection, I was disappointed by my impulsive response. I believe that I missed a golden opportunity to declare the holy majesty of God. Instead, I offered a typical Christian assertion, “As long as you know Jesus everything is OK.”
The plain truth is: whether you are a Christian or not, fearing God is the only response of a creature to his Creator.
The Bible answers the question. Fearing God is the subject of much of Scripture. Three texts of Scripture come readily to mind that concern man’s response to his Creator. Ecclesiastes 12:13, Matthew 10:28 and 1Peter 2:17 provide a clear answer to the woman’s question in Palm Beach, Fla., and to every human being.
Solomon, who was declared by God to be the wisest man who ever lived, expressed his deepest thoughts concerning life. He had every opportunity for greatness. He had great wealth. He had absolute worldly power over his kingdom. He pursued every passion and desire of his flesh. After evaluating all of his pursuits, he declared them all to be like hot air, “vanity of vanities,” Ecclesiastes 1:2; 12:8. Solomon repeated the vanity of man’s pursuits in the beginning of Ecclesiastes and at the end.