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Sat, Oct 10 2009 - 03:53 PM

The Wow Factor

I’ve been a Christian most of my life and honestly as a result I don’t always have the “awe” of God that I should have.  The reason?  I just don’t usually take time to think about how amazing and big and powerful and completely “not human” God is.  As humans, we tend to relate to God in His human-ness but there is so much more to Him—far more than we can mentally grasp.  I really started to think about this after reading the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  Even if you don’t agree with all of his theology, the book will most definitely give you a new appreciation for the “awe factor” of God. 


For some reason I have been thinking about it a lot today.  Crazy Love only mentions a few things but like I said, it made me think.  So, today I just started to list things in my head that I had honestly never thought about before:   


Have you ever thought about the fact that the God that you pray to each night is the same God that spoke to Moses in the burning bush?  He is the same God that created the entire universe.  He is the same God that parted the sea and the same God that told Noah to build the Ark.


Do you ever stop and think about the fact that you are only breathing this very moment because God wills it to be so?  That the sun rises and sets because God wants it to?  That the earth rotates and the stars shine and oceans move because God purposely designed it that way?  The beauty of a sunrise or sunset, the colors in that sunrise or sunset were chosen and designed by God, the creator.  I mean, God created color! We mimic it but where did we even get the idea of “color”—straight from the Master creator! 


Have you ever thought about the fact that in the very same instant that God is listening to your prayers, He is also lying in the trenches with a soldier in Iraq, protecting a little orphan girl in China, revealing himself to a former Muslim terrorist, healing a cancer patient as the doctors scratch their heads in confusion, leading a revival in a church that has been dead for years, creating a new life in the womb of a young mother-to-be, walking with a missionary through a thick jungle inhabited by dangerous tribes that are quick to kill anyone not there own, welcoming home to heaven a man that just took his last breath while comforting the widow that mourns his leaving and so, so much more. Wow.    


Do you ever take time to remember that the God you are praising in a worship song is the very same God that David wrote Psalms for, that Mary sang songs to as a baby, that Adam and Eve hid from in the garden, that Satan tempted in the desert and that witnessed every world event that has every occurred!      


Do you ever stop to think about the fact that God created Mary and Joseph as the parents that would raise Him as Jesus?  Do you ever think about the fact that God created the very people who betrayed Him—the very people that hammered the nails, the very people who yelled, “crucify Him” and even Judas!  Yet, he STILL loved them.  How is that possible?  It is possible because He isn’t human.  He is God!


Do you ever really think about the fact that God knows you better than you know yourself?  He knew you BEFORE you were born.  He made you—ever detail of you.  He was there at your birth.  He was there when you took your first steps.  He remembers things you went through that you don’t even remember.  He has been there through all of your sicknesses, victories and trials.  He was with your parents and their parents and their parents.  He knows your heritage.  He knows your deepest secrets.  He knows your weaknesses and your strengths.  He knows the plans He has for you.  Yet, we usually think we know best. 


Do you ever think about the fact that as you kneel beside your bed in prayer that Jesus is kneeling right there beside you—interceding for you always?  Other than Easter Sunday, do you really think about the fact that the God you are praying to is the same One that hung on a cross and was brutally murdered by His own choice—just to save you from yourself and from Satan?   He is the same God that raised Lazarus from the dead, made blind men see, made the lame to walk and healed with the mere touch of His garment?    


Do you ever think about how much we limit God when He has no limits?


Do you ever just look in child-like amazement at some of His creations? He made the tiniest little seahorse and the beautiful stallion.  Did you know that a sea horse mates for life?!  He made the tiny little hummingbird and the enormous ostrich.  He made the butterflies with amazing colors and intricate designs.  He made fire flies—a bug that lights up!  He made the kangaroo—an animal with a built in pocket perfect for carrying a baby!  He made the little spider monkey that can fit in a shirt pocket and the blue whale that can grow the size of several elephants.  Speaking of elephants, what about that trunk?!  How about the way bears know to hibernate in the winter or the fact that a turtle has a permanent house? Just go on-line sometime and look up unusual animals or unusual sea creatures.  You will be amazed.  Rarely do we take the time to remember, God created all of those things!  Can you even begin to fathom the mind of a God that can be that creative?  Wow!


Want to really be amazed?  Take a close look at the human body and how it functions.  Incredible. 


The Bible says God IS love.  It doesn’t say He created love, or facilitates love.  It says God IS love.  Can you wrap your brain around that?  If God is love then without God, there is no love.  So does that mean that the people that don’t believe in God but love their family are only able to do so because there is a God and that God IS love??????    


If you just take time to really think about the “amazing-ness” of God, you quickly realize that you could never cover it all.  God is so big and so wonderful and so powerful and so creative and so all-present and all knowing and dynamic that as humans we cannot even begin to imagine His greatness.  Human words and human limitations don’t allow us to truly describe Him.


Have you said, “wow” yet?  I have and I have only described a speck of what can be said of God.


My Prayer:  Forgive me Lord for forgetting just how amazing and big you are.  Lord Jesus, help me to take time each day to think about You in a new way.  Teach me to see the “wow factor” of You every single day of my life.  Help me to stop limiting You, the creator, who has no limits.  Help me to remember that in all your greatness, You still want to know me—personally and intimately.  Help me to never stop being amazed at your power and your goodness. 

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milsoleil - 8 years ago

blessed be the name of the Lord!

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