“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”
Romans 1:20 NLT
I started this short study the other day and in it they take excerpts from Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love. It gave a short video that I just can’t shake. He talked about how familiar we can get with something and soon we lose the “awe” of it. In his case he went to a class reunion and some buddies said “Dude, that’s your wife?”He was a little taken aback as if to say do I really look that bad? He said he went back and looked at a picture of the two of them and tried to be as objective as possible and thought, it’s not that I’m that ugly necessarily; she just really was that beautiful. He’d gotten so familiar with her that he forgot how beautiful she was. He said it was like she just became “common”.
He went on to say sometimes those of us who’ve been in the church a long time can do that with God. We almost lose our sense of wonder at the greatness of Him, our sense of awe at the INCREDIBLE things he’s capable of, those things that we don’t even understand. For me one of those is...how did he make man out of SAND? How did he create these teeny tiny blood vessels, our heart so that it pumps blood without us thinking about it? How did he knit sand into the over 7 TRILLION nerves we have in our bodies? How did sand come together as synapses in our brains that are at rapid fire at this very moment inside of me to make it possible to type this devotional? Just the human body alone absolutely amazes when I think about it. That same God who created us, created our world...with everything we need contained within it. But more than that our galaxy and the millions of galaxies way out there in the depths of space!
I could write forever about the things I think are incredible about our God, but there are times when I just don’t think about it, I take it for granted, it becomes common for me. I’ll leave you with the questions Chan challenged his readers with:
How long has it been since you have merely meditated on the greatness and majesty of God?
What practice can you put in place to make this reverence and awe a part of your daily life?