The Fear Of God
Dec. 4, 2019
The Chariot Eye
Prophet Patrick Buwemba
_The Fear Of God_
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. Don't make rash promises, and don't be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. When you make a promise to God, don't delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. Don't let your mouth make you sin. And don't defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved. Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.
God is warning us about how we enter the place where he is to meet us. He is telling us to be careful and to critically think about what we are about to do when before him.
When your entering his house, you are not just dropping in on a neighbor for a friendly chat. You are not just passing time with a friend. You are going to “the house of God.” It's a very serious and shouldn't be taken lightly.
His warning isn’t for people who never go to church (nonbelievers) but it’s for those of us who frequently show up for church (believers), who like to sing a good song and hear a good sermon, but sometimes find it hard to pay attention.
God is addressing an issue of *SLEEPWALKING* in church. Many of us are worshipping God while half awake. Church isn't something supposed to be taken lightly because there is nothing about God that is casual.
The scripture is teaching us that there is the right way to enter the house of God that is with our mouths shut and ears opened. The question now is ,to hear what? Good music? Not really.. but rather to openly be expectant to hear God speak to us. We should come prepared to hear what God has to say.
Lord God teach us to honor and revere who you are and how to truly worship you in spirit and in truth