Today we leave the beach and head to Greensboro, N.C. As I sit on the balcony of our hotel room looking out over the beach with the waves crashing down, I am in awe of the power and majesty of our God and what He created simply by speaking. We may spend hours and hours at the office or cleaning our houses and feel we accomplish hardly anything yet God simply spoke and the earth was formed [Genesis 1:1-27]. Have you ever stopped to think about it….let it really sink in? He is amazing. There is no god like our God [Exodus 15:11]. So why do we take words which only accurately express our God and use them to describe almost anything?
Have you ever gotten off of an amusement ride or come out of a movie and replied, “Man, that was awesome!” yet have no real idea of the meaning of the word? The word awe means “an emotion combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or the sacred.” [] So our word awesome would be describing something full of wonder that is sacred. I have yet to come off of an amusement ride or seen a movie that would deserve the word awesome as described above, but my God is awesome.
When we use words like awesome, amazing, and astonishing to describe our favorite movies, foods, amusement rides, and such and then turn around and use those same words to describe our God, it is easy to see how we have forgotten who our God really is. I believe if we had any idea of who our God really is then we would begin to recognize who that makes us as His children and we wouldn’t back down when the enemy or trouble comes our way. We would know we serve a God of wonder [Psalm 17:7], splendor and majesty [1 Chronicles 16:27]; therefore, we would stand tall and face things head on with the Lord at our side as our ever present source of strength.
I cannot encourage you enough to take time to get into the Word each day and get to know this God you call Father and allow Him to show you His glory and in turn, reveal who you are [Exodus 33:18].