I think sometimes we forget the great, great majesty of God. As Christians, we know He is with us every day. He’s there when we’re doing dishes. He’s there in the car and at the grocery store and in traffic. And maybe because He is with us in everyday places, sometimes this can have the tendency to turn Him into something ordinary. But He is so much MORE than we even have the capacity to think about. There is no one like our God.
“Who is like You among the gods, O Lord? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?”Exodus 15:11
How many times do you use the word “awesome” in a given day? I know have always loved that word. But when you stop to think about how it describes God, all of a sudden, “awesome lunch” or “awesome day” just sounds like an insult to our truly awesome God.
“Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy. And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You; You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.”Exodus 15:6-7
Jesus is merciful and loving, but sometimes we might let that picture dominate our minds when we think of God. He doesn’t play. He gets angry and will SHATTER His enemies when He comes again. He judges nations on earth and people in eternity. He is just, and that means that people don’t get away with anything. They just think they do for the moment. Sins must be under the blood, or they will be judged, and one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
“…and he said, ‘O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.'”2 Chronicles 20:6
Satan seems powerful when he’s wreaking havoc in our world, but he is nothing compared to our God. God is in control, and nothing happens without His say-so. When there are no open doors through sin, evil must receive permission to work. How many times to we give the enemy way too much credit in our lives? We allow him to worry, confuse, and upset us instead of standing in our God-given authority. If God is with us, who can be against us?
“Splendid and majestic is His work, and His righteousness endures forever.”Psalm 111:3
How many times have you said something like, “This line is taking forever!” when it was just a few minutes? Or even “This link is taking forever to load!” after only a few seconds? It’s an exaggeration because something feels like a long time. But forever/ eternity is a concept that we can’t even wrap our heads around as humans. God has been around since before the beginning of time, and his righteousness will never end. One day, though, time will. And we will be somewhere for the eternity that comes after that.
“These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”2 Thessalonians 1:9
Sometimes we forget that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. Jesus has the power to save and the power to cast into hell. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and, according to Job 28, the greatest treasure a man can find. Are there times when you haven’t told someone about Jesus who needed it because you didn’t want to offend him/her? Are you finding ways to point the broken to Him? I think a lot of us could do better in that area by remembering the stakes.
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, With resounding music upon the lyre.”Psalm 92:1-8
He deserves our praise and worship. He is loving, kind, and faithful. As powerful as He is, He doesn’t forget His children. He loves us and is good to us when everyone else leaves us and forsakes us. The Bible says we love Him because He first loved us. He called us out of darkness and depravity. Without Him, we are nothing.
“Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord (You are great, and Your name is great in might), who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You.”Jeremiah 10:6-7
Placing something other than God on the throne of our hearts is idolatry. Little “g” gods like money, self, family, or even work or food is playing a dangerous game. He is our one true God, and He is worthy of all our praise and honor. To give Him anything less is foolishness.
There is NO ONE like our God. No one comes close. He is the great I Am. He is with us in the mundane aspects of life, but He is also there is our greatest triumphs and our worst defeats. We must never forget the wonder that comes when we truly consider our Wonderful God. Praise His holy name!