When Awesome Is An Understatement

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Exodus 15:11Who is like you – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Often, we skim through a passage without taking the time to “focus on the Logos.”

  • Who is like you? – This is a rhetorical question: a literary device used when the answer is self-evident, no answer is expected, or to emphasize a point.
  • Majestic – Royal bearing or aspect, grandeur, greatness or splendor of quality or character.
  • Holiness – Morally and spiritually excellent.
  • Awesome – Amazing, astonishing, astounding, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous, miraculous, staggering, stunning, stupendous, surprising, wonderful, wondrous.
  • Glory – Something (someone) that secures praise, renown, splendor, magnificence, and grandeur.
  • Working – To perform or carry out a task requiring sustained effort or continuous repeated operations, according to a plan or design, in  order to produce a desired effect or result.
  • Wonders – A cause of astonishment or admiration far beyond anything previously known or anticipated.

Impressed yet (another rhetorical question)?  If not consider this:

  • Job 25:14And these are but the outer fringe of His works; how faint the whisper we hear of Him! (NIV 1978)

No wonder no one in their flesh, can look upon His face and live.

My Advice – Whenever we find ourselves taking God for granted, doubting Him, being critical of Him, dismissing Him, or anything short of total unreserved worhship of Him, we should fall facedown and ask forgiveness.

And yet, at the same time, because of the sacrifice of His Son, we can nevertheless boldly approach the Throne of Grace.  How “awesome” is that (final rhetorical question)?

 

What Might Have Been Is Possible Again

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Genesis 1:1, 31In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. (NIV 1978)

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” –  Robert Kennedy

“But what would have been the good?” Aslan said nothing. “You mean,” said Lucy rather faintly, “that it would have turned out all right – somehow? But how? Please, Aslan! Am I not to know?” “To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No. Nobody is ever told that.” “Oh dear,” said Lucy. “But anyone can find out what will happen,” said Aslan. “If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell them you have seen me again; and that you must all get up at once and follow me – what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.” ― C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

My Musings – “And it was very good.”  That is what God saw then.  What does He see now?  Certainly not the goodness of His original design.  We can look at the ways things are now, and wonder what might have been had Adam and Eve not fallen.  This is not a dream of things that never were, but what could have been.  Why not?  Because of man’s sin.  “Of all the sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, “It still would be good if man had not sinned?”

We are not told what would have happened.  But as Aslan is quoted, “anyone can find out what will happen.”  It is written in the rest of the Book.  There is only one way of finding out  – by following Jesus.  He is the only way.

My Advice – Do not question what might have been. Do not despair about how things have become.  Set your hope on what can yet be, by putting your faith is Jesus.