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Living In Shock and Awe of God

September 22, 2014 6 Comments

Sometimes I feel like I really have no clue who God is. I can proclaim He is Holy but do I really comprehend what that means? Do I stand before God in shock and awe of His glory?

Shock and Awe

 Credo Magazine has a series by R.C. Sproul on the life of Martin Luther.  While still a monk, Luther had to serve Mass to complete the process for ordination. Catholic theology teaches that the wine and bread once blessed actually turn into the blood and body of Jesus. (Referred to as transubstantiation) Luther did fine throughout the mass until he took up the chalice of wine. At that point he froze standing speechless. Another priest had to step in and relive Luther. Luther’s father had invited several of his powerful friends to mass that day to brag on his son. He was embarrassed and confronted his son regarding his action. Luther responded (my paraphrase) – “Father you do not understand. I was holding in my hand the blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.” Luther was in shock and awe by the thought of holding the blood of Jesus Christ.

 Now every time I serve communion I remember this story. If you are like me and grew up in the church, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of communion (or any of the other sacraments). They easily become just another tradition. It is even easier to think the same thing each time we gather to worship together. We have lost sight of the holiness of God – the reverence for God. We attend church and live for Christ when it is convenient. I have even heard people say they like attending church on Saturday night so they can sleep late on Sunday. We gladly sing the song, “I am a friend of God” and forget that God is Holy and Righteous.

 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. – Revelation 1:17

 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” – Revelation 4:9-11

I want to live my life  in shock and awe of God. I want to be speechless as I recall what the Savior has done for me. Yes God sees me as His friend, but he is my Savior, my Redeemer. I am a sinner, not just a sinner but one who has sinned against God. Yet Jesus laid down His life and God poured out his wrath on Him so I can stand before God’s throne with confidence. (Hebrews 4:16). This should cause us to fall on our face before Him but often it does not. I can think it and say it but I really don’t comprehend it. I pray that this will change. I want to know the shock and awe of a Holy God.

For I am nothing; He is everything. For His glory I live.


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I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 30 years. We currently live in McDonough Georgia with our daughter. Our two boys have left the nest and we have two wonderful grand kids. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Bear.