Eugene Peterson translated the Bible into contemporary, everyday language. His work, called “The Message,” has become my Bible of choice for daily meditations. The words in this book speak to my heart and soul. In the four other Bibles I referred to this morning, the translators used the words “Fear God” in 1 Peter. Webster says revere means, “to regard with deep respect, love, and awe,” which doesn’t sound fearful to me.
Peter tells that in order to have a relationship with God, we must revere God. In order to keep any relationship alive, the Cs are a must: cooperation, consideration, courtesy, communication, compassion. But God needs more—the Ps: prayer, praise, and preference (choosing to revere God above anyone or anything). In return, God gives us a “G”—goodness and grace, an “F” for forgiveness, and an “E” for eternal life!
Dear God, I no longer fear you, because I know you want me to revere you more than anything else in my life does. Amen.