Is it just me or does it seem that we’ve lost our sense of just how awesome God is? I think the church and our nation has forgotten just how unbelievably awesome God is. We somehow need to rediscover what an awesome God we have. How will we ever be willing to jump and trust Him to catch us if we don’t think He’s strong enough.
One reason I believe we have lost our view of God’s awesomeness is we’ve grown comfortable with the greatness of God. He doesn’t “wow” us anymore. His power doesn’t blow us away. It’s like living in the great Rocky Mountains so long that you quit noticing their grandeur. It is essential that we restore our view of God’s awesomeness.
To restore back the Biblical view of God’s awesomeness and greatness, we’ll have to do three things:
- We’ll have to rediscover His nature, His power and His awesomeness. He’s not a toothless old grandfather who sits back and wags His finger at the world and says, “You better not do that, grandpa might spank you.” Nor is God a heavenly policeman looking to catch you doing something wrong just so He can take you to spiritual jail (hell). (Psalm 94:1-7)
- We’ll have to see God’s power. God is a God so powerful and so awesome that the Israelites feared to even speak His name. He’s the God that got tired of putting up with evil, so he flooded the earth with water. He wiped out Sodom & Gomorrah with the swipe of His hand. The same God you pray to is the very same God who told the Israelite parents, “If your children don’t respect you, you take them out and stone them.” We must realize that if we ever want to put the zip back in our zeal and the gusto back in our worship we’ll see God again for who He is…. an awesome, powerful God who has the strength to crush us. (Proverbs 1:7)
- We have to understand that God doesn’t crush us, but instead wraps His arms around us and says, “I love you with all my heart.” When we realize how much He loves us, we’ll begin to trust him as our powerful God who can get us through our troubles. (Psalm 91:1-2).
This is part of the sermon I preached this Sunday on, “Our God is An Awesome God.” The above notes are a brief introduction and outline you can use to follow along if you want. Here’s the link to the sermon: click here.
(Caution: If you’re uncomfortable with humor in sermons … you might want to skip this one!)