God is still pursuing us. We love to describe Him as a loving God because love covers a multitude of sins. That lends a feeling of safety regarding the places in our lives where we miss the mark – called sin. I John 3:1 reads, “What great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God”. We are in the best place if we are following Jesus. Notice that I am not saying knowing who He is but following Him. You know what I mean. I’m also noticing how many people are unwilling to accept the rest of God. I’m talking about the warrior God in the Old Testament. We learn some of those accounts as little people in church where God is portrayed as a benevolent older bigger man with a white beard who lives in the sky. Fear the Lord does mean to honor and esteem Him but if Satan fears Him, I can too.
In Ex 14 we find Moses on the safer side of the Red Sea. The Lord is called a man of war and has fought for His people. We are His people today. He continued to defeat the enemies of Israel except at those interims where the people chose to serve powerless idols. Edom, Moab, Philistia, and Canaan trembled at the Lord’s salvation. God saved people then and He demonstrates the same love and care today by His salvation plan for all peoples. Satan fears that same power we experience since Jesus’s ascension with the aid of the third person of the trinity – Holy Spirit. I found these other references on the subject: Judges 7:1-25, Joshua 23:10, I Sam 17:1-58, and Rev 20:1-15. God is our defender and a warrior. We can rely on His strength when we are weak. There is not much docile in His character.