Loss of Awe
“Consider then and realise how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God and have no awe of me, declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty”. Jeremiah 2:19, NIV
It’d be so easy to brush aside this scathing rebuke from the Lord as being for those backsliders who disobeyed Him time and time again. It’s so common to think hard words like this are for anybody but me. And yet a pause will quickly reveal that this loss of awe for God is a common ailment. And like the common cold that comes and goes we don’t make much of this loss of awe for God.
The problem is that we are far too easily awed. Awesome is a word we use for the most trite of reasons. And categorise awesomeness for some of the most mundane things.
And before we know it, what is really awesome has come down to the level of the ordinary. That’s what we do with God. We bring Him down, we normalise Him. We make Him tame. We make Him to be what He is not.
So the urgent and important need of the hour is to restore God to His rightful place. Immediately with a heartfelt repentance otherwise this will be superficial and rear it’s ugly head again. We need that awe so beautifully captured by Job when he said,
“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.”Job? ?40:4–5? ?ESV??
It’s time to follow Job’s example and re-discover the real awesome God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.