Paul says we Christians are running a race. Here's what I'm looking at on my run toward Christ.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I Want to be in Awe

Last night I saw one of the most beautiful displays of God's glory.  The clouds were indescribably beautiful.  Pink, blue, indigo, orange, white, gold and purple were some of the colors painted across the sky.  Social media in my town was loaded with photos of the evening sky.  I was in awe of God's beautiful handiwork.  In fact, I turned upward and said, "Now you're just showin' off."

My fiance (soon to be wife) Christine and I stood outside marveling.  We drove around just amazed at the unspeakable beauty over our heads.  We were in awe.

As we drove back to my house Christine turned to me and said, "I want to be in awe of God again."

There we were at that moment in awe of God and her desire was to be in awe of God.  She spoke of how when she was a brand new believer how she came back from even the simplest Bible study in awe of her God.  While gazing at God's glory she wanted to be in awe of Him.

I'm not sharing this story to say, "Duh, Christine!  You are in awe of God right now.  What's wrong with you?"

No, I'm sharing this story because she had the perfect response to being in awe of God.  She was in awe and wanted more.  She was in awe of His painting called the sky and wanted to be in awe of another part of Him and His ways.

Her desire has convicted me.  While I spent a little time recommending ways that she could be in awe of God more, I found myself listening to my own words.  I want to be in awe.

In my "Christian maturity" I have become calloused to the wonder and mystery of God.  I have many explanations for why and how God does things, but does that make me a mature Christian?  I think the answer is "no".

Maybe the mature Christian is the one blown away by the "simplest" of truths.

Think about it.  "Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so."  This is a children's song.  This is something we move by rather quickly.  "Yeah, Jesus loves me."  But that should not be a nonchalant statement.  That statement should blow us away.

Truths like: We are now called children of God, the God of Peace will soon crush Satan under your feet, God made the heavens and the earth, God has existed forever and will exist forever; these are not truths to pass by quickly.  These should bring us to our knees.  These should cause our brains to hurt.  These truths should make us awe.

Today, I'm going to try to have fewer answers to the questions of God.  Today, I'm going to try to be lost in wonder of God.  Today, I'm going to think about who God is in comparison to me.  Today, I want to be in awe.  Join me.  Be in awe of our God today.


  1. Here's two things that we always take for granted but can always be ETERNALLY GRATEFUL and in awe of: Grace. and Love. Today I heard the song "How He Loves" (which I've heard about a million times) but started crying, because God loves us THAT much. In spite of what we do wrong. Thanks, Matt!