When is the last time God took your breath away?
When was the last time you were so overwhelmed by who He is and all He does that you wanted to fall to your knees in awe and wonder?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the miracle of that first Christmas.
And I wonder if, in the busyness of the holiday and our familiarity with the story of the babe born in Bethlehem, we fail to grasp the powerful life-changing truth. I wonder if we fail to celebrate that the newborn in the manger was and is…
♥ The Word made Flesh.
The Word was with God. The Word was God.John 1:1
♥ The Creator of Life.
He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone.John 1:2-4
♥ The Calmer of Storms.
Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.Matthew 8:26
♥ The Healer and Giver of Life.
Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out.John 11:43–44
♥ The Great I AM.
“I AM He,” Jesus said . . . As Jesus said “I AM He,” they all drew back and fell to the ground!John 18:5–6
♥ The Way of Salvation.
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.Acts 4:12
♥ The Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.
I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.Revelation 1:17–18
Since the beginning of time, the enemy of our souls has always worked to keep us busy and self-focused. Why?
Because when we’re focused on ourselves, what we think we deserve, what we are lacking, what people think about us, and how we’ve been wronged . . . the less we gaze with awe and wonder at what God is doing in us and around us.
But God is who He says He is! He is worthy of our awe and wonder!
A Prayer to Surrender to God
and Live with Awe and Wonder
Abba Father, when I focus on who You are and all You’ve done, my heart is filled with awe and wonder. You are so very good and gracious. You created us to love You and we fall so far short of the love You want for us. We are rebellious children. Yet, You love us so much that You rescued us from sin, death, and the power of the enemy of our souls.
The enemy lies to us tempting us to doubt You and Your goodness, grace, and mercy. And sometimes, we give in to weakness and deny the strength You want to give us. I know I often give in to the noisiness and busyness neglecting all the blessings you want for me. Please forgive me.
The Lord is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry, and filled with unfailing love.
The Lord is good to everyone.
He showers compassion on all His creation.
All of your works will thank you, Lord,
and Your faithful followers will praise You. (Psalm 145)
The heavens proclaim your glory. The kingdom, the power, and all the glory belong to You for You alone are worthy. Please help me SEEK You above all else and focus my heart and mind on the truth of Your Word. Help me fling wide the door to my heart that Your Spirit might fill me with awe and wonder. Help me live each day with gratitude remembering that the Lord of the universe gave Himself to have a relationship with me. I thank and praise You with all that I am. Amen.
With God’s help, you and I can surrender our hearts in awe and wonder by…
1. Trusting God and His promises.
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:20
God will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Romans 8:31–32
2. Making every effort to obey God’s command to love.
“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. Romans 8:28
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
May we slow down this week and focus on the truth that Jesus is the Word made flesh, Creator, Healer, and Giver of Life. He is the One who calms the storm, the Great I AM, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
The Babe of Bethlehem is Lord of all and all we need. May the awe and wonder of Jesus take your breath away this Christmas.
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