“Vengeance belongs to me,” says the Lord, “I will repay.” Again,“The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. [Hebrews 10:30-31 WEB]
British Colonial Christian theologian Jonathan Edwards once preached a sermon titled "Sinners in the hands of an angry God". These verses, quoted from the Old Testament, are descriptive of the writing of a person who embraces an angry God perspective. Many today embrace such a paradigm.
I once had a discussion with a pastor about his views of the fear of the Lord. He described to me about how we should fear God. I called him on that saying that he was not really afraid of God. Yet such is the imagery that many have embraced as they paint the Lord as angry and vengeful.
In my view the operative word in these sentences is living. God is the epitome of all that is living. He is the author of life, love and goodness. It is not a fearful thing to fall into his loving hands because there is no fear in love. And his perfect love actually casts out our fears.
Thank you Lord for the love that I feel in your presence.
... this devotion is part of a series from the book of Hebrews.