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Are you overwhelmed?
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the
breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many
wonders and signs performed by the apostles. Acts 2:42-43 NIV

I believe this is where the problem lies. I am convinced that many of us live day after day without any awe whatsoever.

We live days, maybe even weeks, without wonder and amazement. We don't notice the glory
display that is all around us that points us to the one glory that is truly glorious; the glory of  God.

No, we see:
a busy schedule,
dirty dishes,
bills to be paid,
the mean neighbor,
the hard boss,
too much traffic,
the car that needs repair,
the movie we have to see,
the cool restaurant we can't wait to visit,
the vacation around the corner,
the championship season,
the problems at church,
the weight we didn't mean to gain,
the dreams that are slipping through our fingers...

You and I were created to live our lives in the shadow of awe. Every word we speak, every
action we take, every decision we make, and every desire we entertain was meant to be colored by awe. We were meant to live with eyes gazing upward and outward. We were meant to live with hearts that are searching, and hungry and being satisfied.

Bad things happen when human beings lose their sense of awe. Bad things happen when we have no wonder inside of us. Bad things happen when we are no longer amazed. Bad things happen when we look around and nothing impresses us anymore.

When sin takes awe away from you, that sense of divine wonder that is meant to shape every person's life, you look for ways to fill the void. Now think about it, if you are not getting your wonderment from GOD, then you will look for it somewhere in the creation.

You will be shopping for the buzz of wonder where it simply is not to be found.
Your friends and family cannot give you the awe you seek. That new car or new home will
make you happy for a while, but it has not the capacity whatsoever to fill your soul with glory.

Psalm 100:5 says, “The Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever”.
I submit to you that God is good in every possible way.

He is good in righteousness. He is good in power. He is good in grace. He is good in his faithfulness. He is good in mercy. He is good in holiness. He is good in justice. He is good in his rule. All his words are good and true. All his actions are good and right.

When he is angry he is good. When he preserves life, he is good. When he takes life he is good. When his words are hard, they are good. When his words are gentle, they are good. His promises are good. His provisions are good. His plan is good.

In the entire universe you can only say this about God; he is good all the time and in every way. Nothing in creation is like him.

Everything around us is flawed in some way. And even before the fall, no glory in creation compared to the glory of the Creator.

No, it is not too good to be true. There really is a God who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, who is the sum and definition of all that is good, true, and loving. He is not only good, but he places his goodness on us! Not because we deserve it in any way, but simply because he is good, gracious, loving, and kind.

Think about it. The One who is the sum and definition of all that is truly good has placed his goodness on people like you and me.

Now that's a reason for awe. Yes! Yes!
Think about that.
Walk Worthy,
Pastor Rick

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