Ken shared with me a great thought from AF Trekker that I pass along to you. In Thailand, Christians say, “Fow Diow.”
It means to have a personal, private audience with the King. Thais have a great respect and understanding of living under a King who rules them in love but who is quite distant in life experience from them. Very few Thais ever see the King; much less have a private audience with him. Those who do come into his presence enter on their knees far below his high throne.
Zechariah 8:20-22—The LORD of Hosts says this: “Peoples will yet come, the residents of many cities; the residents of one city will go to another, saying: Let’s go at once to plead for the LORD’s favor and to seek the LORD of Hosts. I am also going. Many peoples and strong nations will come to seek the LORD of Hosts in Jerusalem and to plead for the LORD’s favor.”
I fear too many Christians have lost their awe for God. They treat Him casually and use His name carelessly. For those unfamiliar with royalty, I guess it is not surprising that holy fear is an uncommon virtue. The prophet Zechariah speaks of a time when the world recognizes the ruling power of the Lord and with a sense of urgency seeks His holy presence. Why should people go to Jerusalem? Zechariah gives us the answer in verse 23. “The LORD of Hosts says this: ‘In those days, 10 men from nations of every language will grab the robe of a Jewish man tightly, urging: Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”
God told Moses in Exodus 33:19,20:
I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim the name Yahweh before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But He answered, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.”
His face is too great to be seen by our mortal eyes! Yet His love is so astounding that He bids us to come and worship Him.
Fow diow! Our Father gives us private audience. When we kneel before Him and share our hearts He hears and responds. We are the most privileged people in existence to know and serve such an incredible God. The role of ritual, sacrament and ceremony should remind us that His holiness warrants our reverence. His power demands our submission. But most importantly, His love guarantees our life. To bow before a king who cannot own our souls is an act of respect. To bow before the King who made us is unending adoration. Fow diow! Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Earth’s crammed with Heaven and every common bush is afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes.—E.B. Browning
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