“He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”Joshua 4:24
“Nature Nate, it’s a rattlesnake!” I could hear the call from the hikers on top of the adjacent ridgeline. I grabbed my specialized snake tongs and a bucket and ran to the top of the mountain faster than I had ever scaled that slope before. I was met with a rather indignant but very beautiful rattlesnake.
The common human reaction to this magnificent creature is to turn and run. However, if you keep your distance or observe from behind glass, you’ll notice an intrinsic beauty that God gave all serpents. There is an iridescence caused by refracted light emanating from their scales; a mesmerizing undulation of the ribs as they slither along their environment; a cryptic camouflage of green, rust, and yellow, all of which point straight to the beautiful design of a marvelous Creator.
The Beavers described Aslan in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series saying, “Safe? Of course not! But He is good.” Our God is not safe. He demands the greatest respect. But He is good, and our fear and trembling should turn us to awe and worship.
God is the same in both the Old and New Testaments. Christ bore His wrath so that we can worship Him in awe.