Nathan BaldwinComment

Awe and Wonder

Nathan BaldwinComment
Awe and Wonder

This past summer I went on a mission trip to Weimar, Germany. As we drove around the rural area of the city, I immediately noticed something peculiar. The massive fields were not green with grass or brown with dirt. They were yellow.

Yellow flowers stretched across the fields for miles. I was in complete awe. The sight was obviously something I could never have imagined seeing before.

We were made for awe and wonder.

We are in awe of many things as humans, whether it’s the view from the top of a mountain, the incredible athleticism of a football player, or other unexplainable things that make our jaw drop. They are worthy of our awe. But for as much awe and wonder that we could have toward earthly things, we can have immensely more for God our Father. He is the most awesome person doing the most awesome things. Read Isaiah 40:21-31.

21 Do you not know? Do you not hear?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

23 who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

25 To whom then will you compare me,
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.

26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power
not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.

29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.

30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;

31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
— Isaiah 40:21-31

Nothing Compares to Him.

What a rich passage of scripture about the power and might of our God. We are merely grasshoppers compared to Him (v. 22). I think it’s safe to assume that if grasshoppers have a sense of awe, they are quite in awe of us humans. We are immensely bigger, stronger, and smarter than them. How much more reverence would little grasshoppers have for the God who created the universe and spreads out the heavens like a mere curtain?

He knows the stars by name (v. 26), for He created them. He never fades, and He gives strength to all who are weak (v. 28-29). No matter how young and strong we are, God’s fortitude is matchless to ours, and thus we should rely completely on Him (v. 30-31).

Just look around you. Look at the trees, the sky, the sun. Look at the screen on which you’re reading this. Look down at your hands that clicked on this article. All creations of the sovereign author of the universe, and the list goes on and on. How incredible is He?

What is a right response to God's true character and nature?

So how do we respond to this unexplainable power and love that God has? In Genesis 17:1-2, God reaffirms His everlasting covenant with Abraham, saying “I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between Me and you, and you may multiply greatly.” Immediately following, verse 3 says that Abram (God changes his name later in the chapter) “fell on his face.”

We are to fall on our face in complete surrender and worship to God. His perfection, His power, and His love make Him more than worthy of us to bow before Him. In all of His power, He humbled Himself to come to earth in Jesus and bring a new covenant for all people through His death on the cross and resurrection.

What specific ways are you in awe of God? Maybe it’s how He continues to provide for you, or how He continues to forgive you. And how are you falling on your face before Him in response to His character and nature? I pray that you would meditate on these questions and truly understand the awe and wonder we were made to have in God.