When was the last time you were absolutely amazed by something? Was it during a sports game? Could it have been a new baby or a beautiful mountain range? At that moment, there was nothing else that mattered more than what was right in front of you. What you were amazed by was worthy of all your attention, focus, and the emotions stirring within you.
We pause and expect to be moved by awesome things. Are you doing that with the presence of God? Are you pausing and allowing yourself to be moved by God and His wondrous deeds? Let yourself be free to feel the emotions that come from remembering what He has done.
When we let our awe turn to praise, we are fulfilling what all creation was designed to do, we join the trees and oceans that dance for the Lord, we join the birds of the air and the angels in heaven that sing praises to God. Our awe turns to praise, and our praise turns to gratitude. This is where your personal ministry can operate from. Francis Chan said, “Once we lose our fascination in God, we lose our effectiveness.” We want our hearts to be so full of awe for God so that everything we say and do is for His Glory.
When are you in awe of something that is evil, difficult, or unexpected? Sometimes we are in awe of our to-do list and it can be overwhelming. Living a perfect life with no unexpected twists and turns will not happen to you or anyone. Even when we live a life desiring to please the Lord, we will still make mistakes.
At times we can be in awe of ourselves, this too can distract us from the calling God has placed on our lives. There are terrible events that happen to us, and there are times when we make the wrong decision, and if we sit in awe of these things, it can take our mind away from what God desires us to focus on; see Philippians 4:4-8. Paul Tripp wrote in his book Awe, “the more we focus on ourselves the more we will focus on our wants, needs, dreams, goals, expectations, and feelings. We get so obsessed with our own plans, schedules, and desires that we have little time for reflection of the awesome glory of God that is ours to see and remember. He is more than what he has done for us because He alone is worthy of our praise.”