Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stand in Awe of God

Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.  –Psalm 33:8 (KJV)

I am amazed at a child’s capacity to be in awe of the world.  Children will view the world with all its wonders in utter astonishment.  They never tire of experiencing the smells, tastes, and feel of the world around them.  This explains why children love to play in the rain, mud, or snow.  It is all new, exciting, and they cannot get enough of this wonderful place we call the world.  What happens as we grow older and the world loses for us its wonder?  Why, after a short 20 or 30 years on this planet does it all become so commonplace and boring?  Perhaps we simply get used to the same sights and sounds and we come to take it all for granted.  This is sad, because God’s creation need never lose it awe to us.

One problem with boredom is we begin to find other ways to fill the emptiness in our lives.  The results of our quest for fulfillment can be destructive and difficult.  Countless people turn to alcohol, drugs, sex, and anything else that might overcome their loss of interest in life.  Here is where we find the power of seeking God.  Coming to faith in Christ is the beginning of rediscovering the wonder of life, which includes creation.  If we know the source of life, God, and we realize the author of salvation, Jesus Christ, then life takes on new richness and meaning. We move from existing to living life to the fullest. 

When we learn to stand in awe of God, we also learn to stand in awe of life itself.  No more will we see a sunrise or sunset as something that just happens.  Instead, we understand that God set the world in motion and we are part of the vast universe governed by our Creator.  Each day we live is no longer a mundane going through the motions routine.  Rather, we begin to see ourselves as vital parts of God’s greater plan and purposes.  If we hold to the worldview that everything around us all happened by chance, then we eventually conclude there is no God who created it.  Faith in God brings purpose to life that unbelief cannot touch or compare. 

Speaking for myself, I testify I am a better man for having come to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.  I know many people who will testify to the same experience.  God’s Word challenges us to stand in awe of God, for in doing so we reach a deeper understanding of our purpose.  God does have a plan for your life.  Trust the Lord, keep going, do not give up, and have faith.  Stand in awe of God.  A brighter day will follow.

God bless you today.