"oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear Me!"
i am learning that fearing God and loving Him are not mutually exclusive, but i don't think i know what it means to fear God. especially after reading through so much repetition about God's holiness and how we are to fear Him in leviticus and deuteronomy of the old testament, fearing God is really important. so i guess my prayer, and it can be your prayer, too, (i'll share! :)) is that we would learn what it means to fear God. because i really don't understand what that looks like, but in the past, the custom of substituting the word "God" with G-d in english is based on a traditional practice in jewish law of giving God's hebrew name a high degree of respect and reverence. they wouldn't even spell out His name completely because they so revered Him! though i don't think fearing God means tip-toeing around Him in terror of being struck by an angry lightning bolt, i do want to know what it actually does mean as a lifestyle and constant position of the heart. i feel as though we have lost some of that reverence today and i want God to show us how to fear Him.
p.s. i really learned a lot from john mark comer in his teaching (from which the above quote was taken), and he touches on this topic a bit. so, if you're interested, you should click on his name above^^ for the link to the teaching! gosh, that comer family! just an outpouring of wisdom, i tell ya!