In the movie, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, Aragorn asks Frodo, “Are you frightened?” When Frodo says that he is, Aragorn answers, “Not nearly frightened enough.” Being not nearly frightened enough is the disposition of most people on earth have toward the LORD.
When Israel was steeped in idolatry, look at what God says to them in Isaiah 57:
11Whom did you dread and fear,
so that you lied,
and did not remember me,
did not lay it to heart?
Have I not held my peace, even for a long time,
and you do not fear me?
12I will declare your righteousness and your deeds,
but they will not profit you.
13When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you!
The wind will carry them all off,
a breath will take them away.
But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land
and shall inherit my holy mountain.
The LORD had been patient with them, forbearing with them, and they presumed upon it. They no longer feared God. But He promised to them, here, a reckoning. And in that time, they would be reminded of how fearsome is this God who has been so gracious and merciful toward them. In holy sarcasm, the Lord says to them, “When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you!” They were putting their trust in worthless idols, and these idols would be powerless to protect them.
The same is happening for most today. The reason why sin is so rampant is because most don’t fear God. They suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). They exchange the truth about God for a lie (Romans 1:25). And as a result, they are not nearly frightened enough.
Sinners are in the path of God’s righteous wrath, and they ought to be terrified of that. The good news is that in Jesus Christ, God has offered a way off of the path. He sacrificed Himself so that by faith in Him, we no longer need to be frightened that He will punish us for our sins. May we share this good news to those whom are not nearly frightened enough.