Have you ever experienced being in awe? Have you been overwhelmed with a feeling of admiration? Have you experienced fear? Are you in awe of something? Do you have admiration for someone?
Most of us have experienced one or more of these emotions. Our emotions come and go. There are times we admire someone for a season, and it leaves us. We discover something we don’t like about them and no longer admire them.
We may revere someone, holding them in high esteem. Perhaps it is due to their position. Maybe it is their stardom that catches our attention. Or it could be their natural leadership abilities that draw us to them.
There are some actions that put us in awe. A diving catch in the endzone. A perfectly executed dance move. An unreal light show at a concert. Maybe it was the birth of your child. Some things just amaze us and are unlike anything we have seen before.
We have all likely experienced fear in one fashion or another. This is not being scared out of your wits, but closer to being in awe. For instance, the first time you are the top of a rollercoaster, about to take that hundred feet plunge down the tracks. Maybe the first time you go skydiving. It is a mixture of excitement, fear, and awe. There is a pure feeling of being alive, so alive you can feel every nerve in your body, the world slows down, you can hear your heartbeat. This is the type of fear mentioned in today’s passage.
We can be reverent, admire, and be in awe of someone else. There is only One who can make us feel the fear or aliveness mentioned below—God. When we fully recognize Him for who He is, we experience all of it. When our relationship grows close enough to Him, we experience it. Our God has a way of making us feel so alive, we can’t believe it.
We all love that exhilarating experience. We love feeling like we are on top of the mountain surveying the world. We love that tingling feeling. In this world, those feelings are fleeting. However, we have experience them much more often, if we fully turn to God, and we can experience them forever in eternity.
I pray we all fully turn to God. I pray we recognize Him for who He really is. I pray each of us seeks a closer relationship with Him. Be amazed. Be in awe. Give God reverence. Feel truly alive. Feel the exhilaration. Grow closer to God. Seek to know Him fully.
Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.