We Stand in Awe

“. . . to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 25).

In Your God is Too Small J. B. Phillips writes, “We have not only to be impressed by the ‘size’ and unlimited power of God, we have to be moved to genuine admiration, respect, if we are ever to worship Him.”

As Paul describes God’s merciful dealings with us, he is overwhelmed at the very thought of it all: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33).

Reverence. Fear. Amazement. Adoration. Gratitude. Love.

A desire to prostrate oneself. A longing to serve. All these are aspects of true worship.

As J. B. Phillips reminds us, worship is possible only when we learn to stand in profound awe of our Creator, the One who provides for us and who desires above all to be our Redeemer and Father.

With hearts attuned to the greatness and goodness of God, we will be more willing to make the necessary self-surrender Paul urges on us: “a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Romans 12:1).

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).

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Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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“Will wonders never cease!”

Awed

During Jesus’ ministry “. . . the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing . . .” (Matthew 15:31).

Now enthroned in indescribable glory, He is beyond sight but never beyond reach (Hebrews 4:14-16).

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Knowing what awe can lead to, Satan uses such distractions as daily worries, sin’s pleasures, material pursuits (Luke 8:14)—anything to keep our eyes off Christ!

Addressing believers, Paul wrote, “Set your minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth . . . . When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2, 4).

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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What’s the most amazing?

Cause for wonder

Watching a documentary, I marveled at the living things inhabiting the waters and rain forests of the Amazon. The anaconda, capybara, macaw, piranha—what wonderful creatures God has made, each with its distinctive traits.

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It’s good to be awed every once in awhile.

What are the most amazing things you can think of? Would these be on your list?

  • The sky on a clear night
  • The complex genetic code of DNA
  • A sonogram of a child in its mother’s womb

And there is more!

  • Old Testament prophecies of Christ
  • The way Scripture plumbs the depths of our being
  • The lengths to which Jesus went to save us

But then . . .

So often the human response to our Creator is a stubborn refusal to honor and obey Him.

Could unbelief be the greatest wonder of all?

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But It Hurts!

Worth study

Why we suffer may be the most troubling of all questions.

Atheists’ strongest argument is: How could a good God permit suffering?

It is important to know what the Bible says about this so we won’t lose faith or grow bitter.

Suffering is a complex issue. It has no single cause.

Sometimes we bring suffering on ourselves (1 Peter 4:15).

Often we suffer when another person chooses to do wrong (2 Timothy 4:14).

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Worth experiencing

Sometimes God lets us suffer to bring about a greater good for others (Genesis 50:20).

Suffering is a required course in the Christian curriculum (Hebrews 12:4-11). Some lessons we never learn otherwise.

Here’s a comforting thought: Jesus came down here to suffer with us and for us. He understands like no one else (Hebrews 4:14-16).

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The Creator of the Inventor

Where computers come from

The capabilities of computers are astounding, and they keep getting smarter! And yet, no computer comes anywhere close to the complexity of the human mind.

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It was the mind, after all, that developed the computer. If we are impressed with computers, how much more with the mind behind them.

The MIND behind the mind

If the mind impresses us, how much, MUCH more awestruck we should be in the presence of the One who made us all

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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