The Problem of Living without Awe
- Thursday, January 17, 2013
He is good in righteousness.
He is good in power.
He is good in grace.
He is good in his faithfulness.
He is good in mercy.
He is good in holiness.
He is good in justice.
He is good in his rule.
All his words are good and true.
All his actions are good and right.
When he is angry he is good.
When he preserves life, he is good.
When he takes life he is good.
When his words are hard, they are good.
When his words are gentle, they are good.
His promises are good.
His provisions are good.
His plan is good.
In all of the universe, you can only say this about God; he is good all the time and in every way. Nothing in creation is like him. Everything around us is flawed in some way. And even before the fall, no glory in creation compared to the glory of the Creator.
But sin makes us blind to the glory of God and because we are blind, it causes us to live without awe.
No, it is not too good to be true. There really is a God who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, who is the sum and definition of all that is good, true, and loving. He is not only good, but he places his goodness on us! Not because we deserve it in any way, but simply because he is good, gracious, loving, and kind.
Think about it. The One who is the sum and definition of all that is truly good has placed his goodness on people like you and me.
Now that's a reason for awe.
Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." Tripp is also professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. Tripp has written many books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children. This article is a resource of Paul Tripp Ministries. For more information visit www.paultripp.com
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