What fills you with awe?
A perfectly formed flower? Towering mountains? A beautiful day at the beach? Massive storms? Maybe it’s the perfectly turned phrase of your favorite writer or the breathtaking magnificence of a painting in a museum.
Some people are in awe of the nuances and grandeur of architecture. Some are in awe of money. Others walk through life and are never in awe of anything.
The dictionary defines awe as “a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder” or as “an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like.”
I hear people use the word awe all the time when talking about people they admire, the beauty of nature, or something that inspires them. I appreciate all of those. I have people I admire. And I love a day out on the boat enjoying the ocean. But my AWE is reserved for my Lord, God Almighty.
I am overwhelmed by Him. I am overwhelmed by the detail and thought He put into the creation of each human, flower, plant, and animal. I am overwhelmed by the Grace He shows us and the Love He feels for us.
Daniel talks of the awesomeness of God in his prayer (Daniel 9). He gives a profound confession from his heart. And that confession is driven by His interactions with God.
God saved His life when he was locked in with hungry lions, an impossible situation and one he would not have survived on his own. Daniel was in awe of God’s saving grace, and his awe shows his love for God.
Our awe of God expresses our love for Him. And He is worthy of our Awe.
Psalm 65:8. “They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.”
Genesis 28:17. “He was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’”
Deuteronomy 10:21. “He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.”
Psalm 68:35. “O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!”
Acts 2:43. “Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.”
This week take a few moments to dwell in His presence and tell Him of your awe for Him. So, my friend, what are you truly in awe of? I am in AWE of God.
What fills you with awe?