Week of November 4
The Awesomeness of God
When was the last time you stopped to reflect on the awesomeness of God? When did you last slow down to contemplate on how amazing our Creator is? In our skeptical and scientific world, it seems we have lost our childlike sense of wonder and awe. We fail to notice the daily miracles surrounding us.
Jesus warns us, “Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15). Jesus is telling us to call upon God with the wonder and amazement of a child. He calls us to believe in Him with the trusting nature of a child. He wants to see our excitement every time we seek His face.
What is it like to stand in wonder of God? It is recognizing His hand in every sunset, mountain, and star that we see. It is marveling at the miracle of a tiny life being formed in its mother’s womb. It is reading a Scripture passage for the hundredth time and still finding new insight in its words.
There are so many qualities about God and so many things He has done for us that are awe-inspiring. In Psalm 139, we see David’s praises for four of God’s awesome characteristics: His knowledge, presence, power, and judgment.
When we think of God’s omniscience, we often associate it with His knowledge of the big, eternal picture. Yet He also knows the very deepest corners of our hearts. Our Creator knows us inside and out—better than we know ourselves. He knows our hidden motivations. He knows what we’re going to say even before we say it.
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord” (Psalms 139). When we think of how vast and how intricate and how intelligent God’s knowledge is, we should be overwhelmed.
David also praises God for His omnipresence. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? … If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139:7, 9–10).
We cannot go anyplace where God is not already present—physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Even during our darkest days, we know that God is right there in the midst of our situation with us.
Our God is omnipotent, able to create life itself. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13–14). How amazing is our God who designed everything from the tiniest cell in our bodies to the grandest star in the universe!
David concludes his psalm by acknowledging God’s perfect judgment. God loves His children enough to purify and to refine their hearts. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23–24).
Have you lost your wonder and awe of God? Do you take the intricacies of His Creation for granted? Do you gloss over His words when reading the Bible? Stop today and praise God for His amazing nature. Thank Him for caring for you through His knowledge, presence, power, and judgment. Write below how He manifests each of these qualities in your life.
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