Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Sheer Awesomeness of God

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV) 

I don’t know why it came to my mind last week, but it was one of those “jaw-dropping” moments.  I have long been in awe when I think about the intricacy of creation.  Not only is it awesome on the macro level, but it becomes even more so on the micro level.  There just seems to be no limit to the complexity of God’s creation.  But last week it struck me that every thought and action of every human being is known by God.  Think about that for a moment.

How many thoughts have you already had today?  How many interactions with people?  Now include your whole day.  Then multiply it by the days of a year and then your lifetime.  If that isn’t enough to put you in awe of God, do the same with the number of people who are living and  have ever lived on the earth—an estimated 110 billion! Imagine that.

It would be easy to focus on the fact that we can never hide anything from the Lord and become quite fearful or paranoid, but for those who know Jesus, there need be no fear of condemnation (Romans 8:1) and, thus, we can merely be in awe of how unimaginably great our God is.  

When the Scriptures speak of fearing God, this is what they have in mind.  Obviously, a God who is so great is not just to be seen as a cosmic buddy or the “man upstairs.”  His greatness is to be respected.   He can’t be treated lightly.  To do so is a mistake with eternal consequences.  

Today, meditate on the sheer awesomeness of God.  There is none like Him, not even close.  

© Jim Musser 2015

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