Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Catching a glimpse of the REAL awesomeness of God

The waters saw you, God
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed:
the clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder
your arrows flashed back and forth
Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind
your lightning lit up the world
the earth trembled and quacked.
Your path led through the sea
Your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.
Psalm 78

How mighty is our God - How incredible is He? how many adjectives would it take to describe the Lord; our God?

We so commonly throw around these words trying to describe various things in our lives - from the latest clothes to our new car - everything is  awesome, astonishing, breathtaking, mind-blowing even overwhelming.

We use them so much they have become 'throw-away' cliches; even the word 'great' has lost it's proper meaning!

In the Bible, things, events, even people were described as 'great'. God is great to an infinite degree, because He is limitless.

God's very nature is overwhelming and mind-boggling. His works are staggering and stunning.

Consequently, God deserves  to be represented by Christians who have been bowled over by His awesome character.

God is indeed awesome, but we have made Him sound just like a bowl of ice cream or a vanilla milkshake.

What does the actual word "AWESOME" mean - it means full of dread - it means to produce AWE in someone - fear and serious threatening. Nothing really soft and warm in that word.

So... When we describe our God as Awesome- we are really shedding a whole new light on our God - a God who can be terrifying as well as merciful; wrathful as well as just .

The real meaning of the word "awesome" when talking about God should make us fall flat on our faces or at best send shivers up our spines.

It says in Hebrews 10:31 "It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God"

On saying all of that - when we hand our lives over to Him - the actual 'scariness' of such a terrifying God becomes like a big warm blanket on a freezing cold day - it gives you instant warmth, comfort and reassurance that everything is going to be alright no matter what the world throws at us.

God's very AWESOMENESS runs through our veins; our lives; our very hearts. It gives us confidence in the future and takes away any fear of dying.

His Holy Spirit comes into our lives at that moment and changes us completely - we don't have to be "scared" of God - we know that we have been created just for Him, in His likeness.

We do however, have to show Him utmost reverence - and in today's world where His Holy name has been derided, our leaders mock and laugh at Him and where he has been excluded in almost everything that we as a nation used to hold dear, then holding Him in reverence will be hard and sacrificial for us to do.

When we finally do encounter our Lord face to face - The one true God who is truly AWESOME!! we are all going to be speechless - there will be no words to describe that moment.

When you sit down and think about it; maybe that is the better way - maybe speechless is the only way to approach God's awesomeness.

In the silence of His very being; those times when we are alone with him; those may be the very times He needs to speak to our hearts to turn them from stone into His throne.

God is AWESOME! He is the one who holds the seas in His hand, who measures the span of the galaxies. He spoke the world into existence.

It doesn't matter what the so-called Skeptics have to say - our God IS AWESOME - and that same AWESOME God saved me and that same AWESOME God can save you.

You don't have to know all of the theological answers to all the books in the Bible - you don't have to WOW! the person beside you with your answers to unfathomable mysteries: Our AWESOME God is the answer to all of our questions.

All we have to do is to come to Him with Faith and come without delay. Our God is a BIG God - a God who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty; rolls up His sleeves and commands us to get going and live and love for Him.

Same God but a different side; This time we see the gentleness of the God - who cares for the weak; the sick; the doubting and wounded.

So just how "Awesome" is the God you know? Have you relegated Him to the awesomeness of a vanilla milkshake or a Plasma TV set?

AWESOME indeed is a strong word and one which should be used sparingly and with reverence when referring to our God.

He is pleading with you to come and get to know Him. This AWESOME God of mine - a God whose grace and mercy are as deep and as unfathomable as the galaxy and beyond.

Of course there are heaps of people who don't even think about our Awesome God nor His saving grace and the special gift He has of eternity.  God has a message for them as well; a message of sadness; destruction and endless separation.

Are you prepared to give your life to this AWESOME God. I'm personally gripped by His grace and forgiveness, I just pray that you will be too.

2 comments:

  1. This was so beautifully written. It sincerely touched me as I felt God's love within your truth.

    "In the silence of His very being; those times when we are alone with him; those may be the very times He needs to speak to our hearts to turn them from stone into His throne" so well said.

    God Bless You and thank you for sharing your experience.

    Jeremy/ www.inhisnamecards.com

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  2. Thank you Jeremy for your comment - Our God is AWESOME and I know He is because He did indeed turn this old hart of stone into His throne - Praise God.

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