A – Through Adoration
W – In Wonder
E – With Energy and Expectation
S – In Simplicity
O – By Obsession
M – Through Meditating on Him
E – With Excitement Everyday
In the first blog, (How Awesome IS our God? #1), I talked about taking time through adoration to discover how awesome God is; next we explore the awesomeness of God in WONDER!
Wonder means to be in a state of amazed admiration and awe, implying intensity. As we think about Jesus, and answer the question, “How awesome IS our God?” it naturally leads to wondering more about Him; what does He look like, what is He feeling, and what’s He thinking? The more we wonder the more amazed we become, the more we admire Him, and the more in awe we are of His awesomeness!
In Acts 3 we read about people who wondered and saw just how awesome God is! Two disciples, Peter and John, were heading into the temple one day when a man who was lame from birth asked them for money. Instead of ignoring the man or tossing him some pennies, Peter demanded the man look at them square in the eyes. The man did as he was told, fixing his attention on Peter and John. But he only did this because he expected to get what he was asking for; money.
Peter continued, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6) Then he grabbed hold of the man’s right hand and lifted him to his feet. Now remember, this man had NEVER stood on his feet or walked. But immediately after being touched by the awesomeness of God, strength came to his feet and ankle bones and he was able to stand.
But that’s not all! After jumping up and standing, he walked with Peter and John into the temple. He didn’t go in quietly thought! He was leaping and praising God! He made a spectacle of himself, drawing attention and ALL the people saw him walking and praising God. They KNEW this man was the same one they saw day after day, sitting and begging for money at the gate of the temple. They KNEW he couldn’t walk and they were FILLED with wonder and amazement at what happened to him. (Acts 3:10)
Friends, we’ve got to have our eyes wide open so we can see God working in our world today. He IS the same God we read about in Acts. It can be so much easier to give someone in need what we have in the natural; food, clothing, shelter, and money. Certainly we are called to do that! However, when was the last time you looked at someone in great need and realized money wasn’t going to cut it? They could use a real touch from God? Do we even consider saying, “I don’t have money but what I do have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk, or be delivered from addiction, or be healed, or be set free from shame and guilt!”
When we live in wonder of God, we’ll start wondering who the next person is we can touch with His mighty power and presence! And then…all the people who see God move, will be filled with wonder and amazement at what just happened. The story in Acts 3 continues with verse 11 “Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people RAN together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, GREATLY AMAZED.”
Understand these people knew God! They knew of His power and might. So Peter responded to their amazement with a question, “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” (Acts 3:12) They were not the people who should have been standing in amazement AT the miracle. They SHOULD have lived in wonder of their amazing, miracle working God.
The point for us today is not to be greatly amazed by miracles themselves, but to be filled with wonder and amazement at God Himself! We tend to get all powered up when we hear God is moving “over here” or “over there” and we run to those places and marvel at what we hope to see and experience. Instead we should be asking ourselves the same question Peter asked these believers, “Why do we marvel and look so intently at the miracles themselves as though it is through us that people are healed.”
When we marvel at our awesome God, when we stand in wonder of His awesomeness, when we look intently into the face of our God in admiration and awe, we’ll be overwhelmed in Him! We will then move in His truth, giving to others what we have; faith and belief in a God who saves and heals and loves and forgives and…so much more! When we explore the awesomeness of God in wonder of who He is, we like Peter will declare over people, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up…walk…be healed…be free…be delivered…and on and on it goes!”
Today, look in wonder at how awesome God IS! The intensity of His awesomeness will overwhelm you! I wonder what will happen then…