2/21/15

Still 'Wonder'-ing

In 2014, I focused on the word "wonder." It was a year of spiritual growth as I considered:

  • Wonder and Awe - where is it?
  • What Is Wonder?
  • Wonder - What's Fear Got to Do with It?
  • Wonder and our Worship
  • Wonder and our Worth
  • Wonder and our Wisdom
  • Wonder and Our Walk
  • Wonder and Our Work
  • Wonder and Our Words
  • Wonder and Our Wealth
  • Wonder and Our Witness
  • Our Position in our "Wonder"-ful Lord
  • and at Christmas, The Wonder of the Incarnation
To close out this series, rather than write more posts, I just want to touch on a few other thoughts, because I'm still "wonder"-ing.

1. Wonder and Our Wishes

Wonder over God and His character should affect our wishes, our desires. I saw this so clearly in recent days with the Valentine's Day release of the movie 50 Shades of Grey.

The spiritual callousness of Christians - especially women - regarding this movie (and the book it originates from) is astounding. I've been asked, "How can Christian women excuse such filth, such a degrading portrayal of love?" I truly believe it's because we've lost our wonder over God's holiness.

If we truly understood the holiness of God, wouldn't we be eager to obey the mandate to "be holy, for I am holy"? (1 Peter 1:16)

Our wishes, our desires, are colored by what holds our attention and grabs our heart.
 What has grabbed your heart today? Oh that it might be the holiness of our awesome God.

2. Wonder and Our Watchfulness

Perhaps we are not holy because we forget this isn't all there is. We are made for eternity (2 Corinthians 5:1). Will will give an account of our lives (Romans 14:12).

Jesus and Paul admonished us to be alert and watchful (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Romans 13:12-14Mark 13:33-37). If we truly believe Jesus is going to return, we will want to be Kingdom ready! Because we love Him, we "love His appearing" (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Our wondrous Lord will reward those who fear Him and "wait" for Him (Isaiah 64:4). We are to watch for His coming, but also to watch with Him ... to have our hearts and thoughts focused on Him and the Word.

Does your wonder over the Lord cause you to long for His coming?

3. Wonder Reclaimed

There is a revival in Islam these days. People focus on the 99 names or qualities of Allah and tell stories of their love for and allegiance to their "wondrous" god who is "worthy of praise."

Yet far too many Christians see God as their "good Buddy" in the sky, or a grandfatherly force that doesn't much affect their lives. They do not have an accurate picture of the Lord of Heaven, and it affects their worldview. They may have a "Christian worldview," but without a proper, biblical view of and relationship with God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Spirit of God, it's just theory. 

We must reclaim the wonder of the King and His Kingdom.

My prayer is Psalm 119:18 - "Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law."

May we, in searching the scriptures, see the God who gave them to us, and find our wonder over and love for Him deepened and refreshed.


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