Christian Devotionals

"Q & A with God"

The more that I read the Bible, the more I’ve come to love, respect and fear God. Yes, I’ve added “fear” to the list because to fear God is to be in reverent awe of Him. Moreover, to fear God is to have a healthy respect for Him, knowing full well that He holds your very life in His hands. The reason that I mention this is that sometimes we humans are a little too casual and cavalier in our attitude towards God. If we only knew how mighty and awesome He truly is, we’d be far more humble and reverent in our approach to the Almighty. All we have to do is read about the heavenly encounter that the prophet Isaiah had with the Lord (please read Isaiah 6:1-5) to get a glimpse of His power and majesty. Isaiah, a righteous man of his day, was totally undone in the presence of God. You may also wish to read Revelation 4 in which the apostle John is taken up to the throne room of heaven. Here we see mighty angels involved in continual worship of their Creator – intense worship. We also have the twenty-four elders repeatedly falling on their faces in reverent and loving worship. Please read these passages and see if you come away with a healthier and more reverent appreciation of the Most High God.

Of course, humans throughout the ages have all too often lost sight of what it means to truly fear God. As I was going through my memory verses, I kept coming across Old Testament scriptures where God was asking people questions. Obviously God knows the answers to all of these questions, He’s omniscient remember?  Yet He poses these questions to help us come to a fuller appreciation of who He truly is. For example, when we venture off course, ignore God’s Word and sin; do we really think that our sinful behavior goes unnoticed? From God’s vantage point, the old Martha and the Vandellas’ song hits the nail on the head: “There’s nowhere to run to baby, nowhere to hide.” Read this verse from Jeremiah 23 and you’ll see what I mean.

23 "Am I only a God nearby," declares the LORD, "and not a God far away?”
24 Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD.
"Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:23-24 (New International Version)

There are also times when we try to play God and overstep our bounds. We do it in a round about way, but nonetheless, we still have a tendency to be “know it alls”. I love this passage from Job 38 where God lets Job know in no uncertain terms, just who runs this universe:

3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
4Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions?
Surely you know!”
Job 38:3-5 (New International Version)

Let’s not end this devotional with passages where God is laying down the law. The Lord Almighty is definitely sovereign and we need to fear Him, however, He’s also a loving and generous Father who’s always there for us. He is the God of the impossible. When He calls you to do something, take comfort in this next questioning scripture:

27 "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
Jeremiah 32:27 (New International Version)

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