Hey Church! Pastor Matt here…
I just wanted to take a quick minute today to encourage you with something that really encouraged me this week.
One of my favorite writers of all time is a man named A.W. Tozer. He has written so many great pieces that continue to inspire, encourage, and help people get a better understanding of who God is, even today. I hope this blesses you and encourages you to never lose your sense of wonder and awe, ESPECIALLY when it comes to our Almighty God.
Psalm 8:3-4 says this,
“When I consider your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in pace, what is mankind that you are mindful of him, human beings that you care for them?”
“God made the world; it is a beautiful thing and something to venerate (revere or be awestruck by). It’s a great loss – a tragic loss – that we’ve suffered in the last generation. We have lost the ability to wonder. We know so everlasting much, and we’re so sure of ourselves. But David stood and wondered in the presence of God’s creation; he raised his eyes and said, “What is man that thou art mindful of him?” (Ps. 8:4). And Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and all the rest of them stood and wondered in the presence of God almighty’s creation…
The footprints of God are everywhere around us. and while we can’t see Him, we can see His luminous trail like a bird that sings while hidden in a tree. As Middleton said, “The bird sings darkling.” We can’t see the bird, but we can hear her sing. God sings among the branches and sings in His universe.
You and I cannot gaze upon Him, for no man can see God and live. But we can hear Him sing His song of creation and redemption. And we can feel the pressure of His breath upon us as we move through the world. We’ll never see things rightly until we see them as garments of God.”
Isn’t that so true? It seems like all of the information we could ever want or need is right at the tips of our fingers instantaneously. Why do we need to wonder when we can know? But therein lies the conflict. We think we know, or have all the answers, but truly the only one who does is God and God alone.
I recently bought a projector for my daughter’s bedroom that projects the stars and galaxies onto her ceiling… she LOVES it. She will sit there for the longest time just looking and I can literally see the astonishment and the amazement in her eyes as she gazes up at our solar system projected there on her ceiling. It really got me to start praying for God to enhance and deepen my sense of wonder.
See, as I get older, one of my greatest fears is that I will fall “out of awe” with creation or characteristics of God. I fear this because I see it all the time. I see Christians live out their spiritual lives with no sense of amazement, no sense of awe, because it just becomes something we get used to and take for granted.
I want to dance like David did because of how magnificent God is. I always want to be amazed by not only His creation, but also by His mercy and grace. I never want to stop thinking about the wonders of His love or the way He forgives me time and time again no questions asked and no grudges held…
“God help me to never get…” I want to encourage you to not lose your sense of wonder!
Maybe you have, maybe through the busyness of your life you have lost your sense of the magnificent. I pray that God will restore that to you tenfold as we move forward in 2022 together in faith.
I’m so grateful that God has given me a Church family like LifePoint and I’m so excited for what is, and what’s to come.
Let’s continue to wonder and be in awe of our God continually, together.
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