“Keep Your Awe” by Kirk Hunt
And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.
Luke 1:18 NKJV
The terrified and awe-struck man of verse 12 is gone. In verse 18, a cynical skeptic answers the angel. How do you know Zacharias crossed the line? Read verse 20.
Every disciple of Jesus lives in obedience to the laws of gravity, thermodynamics and sock disappearance. Still, we serve a God who can suspend, re-write, or reverse the laws of the universe at will. The secret of balancing the two extremes is to simply maintain your sense of awe.
Faced with an angelic messenger, Gabriel no less, Zacharias was right to respond with reverence and even concern. Yet his terror turned to disdain, all too quickly and easily. The message defied the regular rules, but God declared it would happen. What else is there to discuss?
Real Faith™ includes at least some awe. Part of that awe comes from understanding that a big, infinite God loves small, finite people. If our big God concerns Himself with little me, then anything is possible. Anything includes very late-life babies.
The things of God often defy all rational explanation. It is not crazy talk. It is awesome.
Think: My awe is a correct response to God and His love and concern for me.
Pray: “Lord, help me to see You with the awe and wonder You deserve.”
Copyright © June 2013, Kirk Hunt
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