The Wonder of God

More and more we live in a laid-back, relaxed society. We’ve lost a lot of the formality of former times. That’s not all bad. It keeps us from being too pretentious. Too full of ourselves.

But, as with everything, there are unintended consequences to our informality. One downside of our penchant for a lack of formality is that this laid-back attitude has infiltrated many churches with the result that even our view of God has suffered.

Being informal at church is not in itself a problem. It can even be a good thing. But there’s a danger that if we are not vigilant we’ll drag God down to our level.

There’s an old song that George Beverly Shea used to sing called The Wonder of It All.

There’s the wonder of sunset at evening,
The wonder as sunrise I see;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul,
Is the wonder that God loves me.

O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.

The Wonder of God. It’s something that we seem to have lost along the way.

The Bible talks about the wonder of God’s works (Psalm 65:8) and the wonder of His word (Psalm 119:161). And we’re astounded by what He has done and by what He has said.

But what about God Himself? The one who works is greater than his works. The one who speaks is greater than his words. The very thought of God should amaze us even more than what He has done or what He has said.

The Psalmist wrote, Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him (Psalm 33:8).

King David understood that the maker is greater than what He has created. He wrote, O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places (Psalm 68:35).

One of God’s holy places was Solomon’s Temple. A magnificent structure, it undoubtedly caused a sense of awe, especially in those who saw it for the first time.

God was/is greater.

On a recent trip to Italy, my wife and I stood in the middle of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and just took in the magnificence of that structure. The wonder that is St. Peter’s takes your breath away.

But God is more awesome.

I’m not suggesting that we jettison our informality and go back to the days of top hats and stiff collars. I’m just saying that we need to see God for Who He is. Not for who we think He is or who we want Him to be.

And certainly not as we see the rest of life.

We need to take time to be moved by who God is. To marvel at God. To be amazed by Him. To wonder at His greatness and His glory.

We lose when we lose the wonder of God.

Stay in the Word
Pastor Steve

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