Wednesday, May 7, 2008


I was talking with a friend today who is flustered with herself over using the word 'awesome' too much. She thinks it should only be used to describe God. She's got a good point. Think about it. We sing, "Our God is an awesome God" at church and 15 minutes after service is over, we assign that same label to our Bloomin' Onion at Outback. We've thrown it around so carelessly that it has almost lost its meaning ...

Those jeans are awesome!
This video game is so totally awesome!
Your hair looks awesome today!

Can someone really have awe-inspiring hair? Are jeans really powerful enough to make us gaze in wonder? We've ruined what was once a really good word. Perhaps if 'awesome' were reserved for describing God only, it would get its dignity back.

Have you thought about how awesome God is lately? He is constantly doing awe-inspiring things when we need them most. I almost went to bed tonight without reading my devotion for today. I've been using Grace For The Moment Volume II by Max Lucado. This is an excerpt from today's entry:

No one breathed life into Yahweh. No one sired him. No one gave birth to him. No one caused him. No act brought him forth. And since no act brought him forth, no act can take him out. Does he fear an earthquake? Does he tremble at a tornado? Hardly. Yahweh sleeps through storms and calms the winds with a word. Cancer does not trouble him, and cemeteries do not disturb him. He was here before they came. He'll be here after they are gone. He is uncaused.

Our awesome God knew exactly what I needed to hear tonight. I'm so glad cancer does not trouble Him. Whatever you're facing doesn't trouble him either.

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail." -Lamentations 3:22

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