I wonder if we’ve become so accustomed to thinking about Jesus as the babe of Bethlehem, the gentle Shepherd, Teacher, and humble surrendered Savior that we take for granted…
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 Restorer 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 Giver 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 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
It’s not a new problem.
“You will be like God.” Genesis 3:5
Two temptations have been around since the Garden.
1. Doubt – Is God holding out on you?
2. Pride – If you don’t focus on and take care of “#1,” who will?
Doubt and pride are the enemies of awe.
The more we focus 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 stand in awe of what God is doing in and around us. The more rare it is that just thinking of Him will take our breath away.
The way to resist:
1. Trust 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. Focus on loving God and others.
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 trust and love Him more. May we share His love with others. And may we find the very thought of who He is and all He does breathtaking. May He take your breath away.
Please join me tomorrow to take a closer look at what it means to be in awe.