Passage: Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from dread of the Lord and the splendor of His majesty, when He rises to shake the earth. In that day men will throw away to the rodents and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship. They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from dread of the Lord and the splendor of His majesty, when He rises to shake the earth.
Journal: It is a dread of the Lord that Isaiah points toward "in that day." God must "shake the earth" to bring this dreadfulness, and in doing so reveals the "splendor of His majesty." Why must man have a dread of the Lord, and why does this reveal God's majesty? The better question may be -- why does man so easily lose his fear of the Lord and forget God's majesty.
God is loving and patient and kind and gentle. Yet, we cannot focus on these attributes of God exclusively. For God is also wrathful, and must punish sin to remain just and to protect His majesty. It is the wrath of God we must fear, just as it is the love and forgiveness of God that we must seek. We tend to want God to be an ignoring God and to look the other way. After all, there are some good things that we have done that should attract His focus. Yet, a proper fear of God should encourage us to live a proper life for God. That which we do not fear we tend to ignore. A cure for cancer becomes paramount when we discover the cancer is within us. The fear of God is tantamount to preventive medicine, for it should make us ponder each decision and reaction with trepidation and a desire to please our God.