Has the awesomeness of God gradually faded for you? Has your attention to your great and glorious God been drawn to other things that have become more awesome, more important to you? Has 'church' become merely the building you go to…or used to go to? A pattern results when we lose the awesomeness of God: First we lose our sense of God’s Law, then our sensitivity to sin, then our need for repentance, then our love for the Gospel, then our commitment. If we tracked our lives, we would see that we’ve been guilty of this pattern at times. But God doesn’t stand idly by as we find our awe in other things rather than in Him, the God who saves.
The prophet Isaiah was sent to call people back to the awe of God, and his message still speaks today. (Isaiah 6:1-8) He was given an awesome vision of the Lord upon His throne with angels calling out, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory." To say God is "holy" is to say He is set apart and above us in every way. So when Isaiah sees the Lord, he cries out, "Woe to me! I am ruined!" Any thought of standing before God with a claim of 'I’ve been a pretty good person' absolutely melts in the light of this vision. You know the "woe" Isaiah feels; you know your holy-holy-holy God deserves so much more than your sin-tainted efforts could ever give Him. But then the amazing happens: An angel touches Isaiah’s lips with a live coal from the altar saying, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for." You too have been touched with a forgiveness that takes your guilt away and declares you at-one with God. It comes from the cross of Christ, the altar of supreme sacrifice. This sacrifice means that you are not ruined; you are saved! Behold: As awesome as the Lord’s holiness is, His grace and mercy are equally awesome! This changes us from unworthiness to a willingness to answer God’s call to serve as Isaiah did: "Here I am. Send me!" NEVER LOSE YOUR AWE OF GOD.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.