8/23/14

Wonder and Our Walk


When God captures our hearts with wonder – when we stand in awe of who who He is and what
He does – we should be driven to consider our attitudes, behavior (ways) and relationships.
In other words, wonder should affect our walk. (See some of the things we know about God at the end of this post.)*


We may not know everything about God, but the Bible reveals quite a lot about His character, attributes and plans. If you are in a relationship with God in Christ, and you sit down and read each of the verses in the list at the end of this post, it will likely stir something within you to live for our great God!

But just knowing about God doesn't guarantee we will live for Him. Even Satanwho knows far more than we do about Godstill lives in rebellion against Him.

It is only when Christ redeems us and the Holy Spirit lives within us that we finally have the inner "bent" to obey the Lord. Our stony hearts that only want to rebel against God are transformed. We may obey our Father imperfectly, but our heart and eternal destination are radically changed.
When I focus on the majesty of God and who I am in relation to Him, the Spirit of God brings fresh humility into my soul.  
I want to love him more. I want to obey and serve him more. I want to be like Him in his goodness, love, mercy, faithfulness, etc. Like Paul, I may still do the things that I don't wish to do, because my flesh rises up against the truth, but the Holy Spirit continues to convict me and draw me into closer intimacy with God.

When I stood outside under the starry sky last December on the night that started my journey into "wonder," my insignificance in the universe actually frightened me a bit. I felt so small. I felt like the Psalmist may have felt when he said, "When I consider Your heavens ... What is man that You take thought of him...?" (Psalm 8:3-4a)

But then I remembered what my Father did to give me worth in Christ. What a wonder that He should set his love upon me, redeem me and give a new heart! When I think about the cross, I'm moved to "reset" my heart on following Jesus.

Some time ago, I shared with a group of women about "The Christian Walk" as found in Ephesians 5:1-20. Verse 1 says we should be "imitators of God, as beloved children." We cannot imitate a God we do not know. Just as a child can be seen walking in her father's footsteps on the beach, we can know and closely follow our Father God, step by step.
  • Ephesians 5:2 tells us to walk in love, and subsequent scriptures explain what that looks like.   
  • Verse 8 says, "walk as children of light." Again, we need to learn what the Light of God looks like so we can imitate that light. It should affect our conduct; we need to walk in holiness, because He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). 
  • Ephesians 5:15 says, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as foolish." We gain this wisdom as we read and apply the truth of the Word of God.
It's interesting to me that following these "Christian Walk" scriptures are clear instructions about our walk in marriage (vv. 22-33). This follows the pattern of knowing God and how He works, and a walk that flows out of wonder concerning His plan. Marriage is to reflect the profound mystery of the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Romans 6:1-5 explains this as well. Because of the wonder and glory of the Gospel message - because we were baptized into Christ in His death (we are dead to sin) and will also to be united with him in a resurrection like His - we are to "walk in newness of life." 

Revival is a fresh awareness of God's presence
 and and understanding of who He is and our relationship to Him.

Perhaps one of the greatest reasons we need a revival of wonder is because our "walk" is often more like "stumbling around" instead of following hard after God.

Do you see the wonder-walk connection in your life?


Check out all the "Wonder" articles under the sidebar label WONDER. 


- Image (adapted) courtesy of franky242 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

* The Scriptures tell us about God 
(and I'm not even scratching the surface here!)
 
1. God is the Creator (Genesis 1:1-25; Nehemiah 9:6; Isaiah 40:28; Colossians 1:16; Revelation
4:11). 
2. God is sovereign (2 Samuel 7:22; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Job 42:2; Psalm 103:19; 115:3; 135:6; Proverbs 16:9; Isaiah 46:9-11; Romans 9:18-21; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Timothy 6:15).
3. God is holy (Exodus 15:11; Leviticus 19:2; 1 Samuel 2:2; Isaiah 6:3-5; Habakkuk 1:13a; 1 Peter 1:15-16)
4. God is just (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 89:14; Romans 3:26; 2 Thessalonians 1:6; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 15:3).
5. God is loving (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 8:39; Ephesians 2:4; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 4:8, 16).
6. God is good (1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 25:834:8; 86:5; 100:5; 119:68; 136:1; Lamentations 3:25; Nahum 1:7; James 1:17).
7. God is merciful (Deuteronomy 4:31; Psalm 145:8; Luke 6:36; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 Peter 1:3).
8. God is faithful (Deuteronomy 7:9; 32:4; Psalm 36:5-6; 89:1, 8, 14; Lamentations 3:22-24; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
9. God is wise (Proverbs 3:19; Jeremiah 10:12; Romans 16:26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:19; 1 Timothy 1:17).
10. God is powerful (Genesis 18:14a; Job 9:4; 26:14; Psalm 62:11; 145:3; 147:5; Isaiah 40:28-29; Jeremiah 32:27; Zephaniah 3:17; Matthew 19:26; 1 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 3:20-21).