There are a lot things that are amazing and bring on a sense of awe; the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, the grandeur of a tall mountain, the brilliance and intricacy of an orchid, the power of a crashing wave, the calm of an island breeze, and the pure amazement of child birth. Oh, I could go on as there is so much in our world to captivate us with awe. You know that sense of wonder, respect, reverence, astonishment, and even worship. Awe is where we get struck with that sense that there is something greater than us, something more powerful, even beyond our comprehension and we are not only aware of our smallness, but in utter amazement at the magnificence of what we are experiencing.
In this awe state we are recalibrated to who we are and where we fit into life. As we experience awe, we gain the reality that we are not the center of the universe nor the lowly dregs at the bottom of the barrel. This is why the Apostle Peter wrote this:
2 Peter 1:3 His (God’s) divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence
As we grow in our knowledge of God and see how amazing, how incredible, how beautiful, how powerful, how majestic…how awesome God is, that knowledge of Awesome God gives us what we need to live and to live life God’s way. See, God is the One who painted the morning sky, who formed the tallest mountains, who uniquely designed the orchid, who set the systems in place for the waves to crash, whose power is far exceeds any wave, who brings a peace that is beyond any circumstance, who with love and wonder knits together every child (Psalm 139:13-18). That’s God, is our awesome God.
Jeremiah 10:12 It is He (God) who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens.
God is all powerful, wise and all knowing. Science has only pulled back a small corner of His magnificence.
Isaiah the prophet, in describing a vision of heaven said this:
Isaiah 6:3 And one (an angel) called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”
Repetition in the Hebrew Scriptures gives emphasis and importance. In this Bible verse the importance is brought to the third level saying God is above all things holy, pure, perfect, complete in Himself and set apart as awesome! Taking in that awesomeness changes us.
Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
To ‘wait’ for the LORD is savoring in the awesomeness of God and reverently embracing Him through faith. That trust gives strength and renewal.
God is also merciful and loving.
Ephesians 2:4-5 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved –
I am in awe of Jesus’ willingness to squeeze Himself into the tininess of a man (Philippians 2:5-11) and die on a cross for my sin (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8). Being in awe of what Jesus has done has forever changed me.
God is awesome and embracing that awe brings aid to life. You may have even felt a tinge of that as you read this. There is more, oh so much more, as we see and experience the awesomeness of God. Keep being amazed. Keep taking the time revel in awe of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. There is an aid in awe why not find it?
Church is a great place to experience the awesomeness of God. If you are not already attending a church we would like to invite you to attend one of our church campuses this Sunday. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net . We would love you to join us.
Standing in awe of God with you,