What things inspire awe—wonder and amazement—in you?
Here are a few things that evoke awe in me:
- sunrises and sunsets especially over the prairies, mountains, and sea
- a child’s beauty, innocence, and ability to learn
- lifelong commitment to marriage as seen in an elderly couple still very much in love
- the world’s limitless species of flowers
- beautiful artwork (I can barely draw a stick figure!)
- the way God’s Word speaks something new to me even when I’ve read the same passage many times in the past
Most of all, though, I stand in awe of God and who He is. No matter how much time I spend in His Word, I know I’ll never plumb its depths nor fully comprehend His character until I see Him face to face. And then—without doubt—His beauty and majesty will either move me to singing praises or to be reverently still in His presence.
The psalmist wrote, “Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe” (Psalm 5:7).
Sometimes I wonder whether we, as believers, get so caught up in busyness or burdened by the cares of life that we forget who God is. Sure, we pray to Him, talk about Him, and read books about Him. But do we truly understand how magnificent He is? Do we truly give Him the reverence He’s due?
Someday we’ll stand in God’s presence, and then we’ll realize how small we envisioned Him. Until then, so long as we’re living on this earth and moving within our limited minds and bodies, how can we worship God with the awe He deserves?
- By identifying lies we’ve come to believe about Him—that He expects perfection from us, that He isn’t really concerned about the details of our lives, that He loves us best only when we measure up to a certain spiritual standard. Untruths about Him devalue Him and reduce Him to a divinity too puny to praise.
- By filling our minds with the truth about who He is—invincible, all-wise, holy, sovereign One. Scripture’s filled with accurate descriptions. So are the old hymnals.
- By asking Him to reveal Himself to us in new ways. Maybe it’s time for a healthy spiritual shake-up. Time to shed the old and the mundane. Now’s the time for new growth, and what better way for that to happen than to catch a glimpse of who God is through a fresh encounter with Him.
We ought to wake every morning in awe that God has given us the gift of another day. We ought to go throughout our day in awe that He moves with us and in us, loving us and caring for us as a shepherd cares for his lambs. We ought to climb into bed at night in awe that He will stay awake to watch over us as we sleep.
May our hearts never grow apathetic towards the truths contained in the Word and the privilege we have to be called God’s children. May His beauty astound us and His mercy overwhelm us.
Here’s a question for you: What characteristic of God leaves you in awe, and why?
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