Joshua 4.23-24 observes, Yes, GOD, your God, dried up the Jordan’s waters for you until you had crossed, just as GOD, your God, did at the Red Sea, which had dried up before us until we had crossed. This was so that everybody on earth would recognize how strong GOD ’s rescuing hand is and so that you would hold GOD in solemn reverence always.
Holding God in solemn reverence always. What exactly does that mean? It certainly means honoring Him. How do we honor God?
First and most through obedience to His commands. How do we know what God commands? His Word, the Scriptures, teach us all we need for knowing God and doing His will on earth.
Reverence or honor also means meeting with God in order to know Him well. It is a respect that draws us to Him so that we can love Him more. The One True God prefers to call His people, children, and for His true sons and daughters to refer to Him as Father.
It is honoring to God, we reverence Him, when we come together as His children to worship Him for He delights in family celebration like the grandparents who have all their children and grandchildren gathered at one place.
Those who believe in God but make no effort to know their god give no reverence to their god. What kind of god is it who requires only your best as haphazardly and passively defined by the believer of that god? A god who requires and desires nothing from his constituents is a nothing god.
If there really is a God it only makes sense that He would have expectations for His people. Expectations that He will one day hold people accountable for doing. The One True God does indeed have expectations of people, all people, for He plans to judge each person according to what they have done in obedience to His will clearly recorded in His word.
The One True God is holy, He must be revered by all, but He is loving, and deeply desires to be known as Father to all.