When was the last time you were “awestruck”… you saw something or experienced something that could only be described as AWESOME?!?
I remember looking at the night sky near the Equator in Kenya for the first time… I could literally see galaxies! It’s as if Someone had smeared the pitch black sky with stardust; there were more stars than black space! I stared at it for hours… It was AWESOME!
Growing up in Michigan I always loved seeing mountains in other parts of the country and world. I called them “eye candy.” But nothing prepared me for my first visit to the Grand Canyon.
I almost didn’t go because in my mind, “Who wants to go and stare at a hole in the earth?” But I went.
It was overwhelming! My mind couldn’t comprehend the vastness of what my eyes saw. Then there was the raw beauty of colors, shapes, shadows and depth. It was AWESOME!
The Hebrew word we translate as “awe” is yirah, which also means “respect, reverence, and worship.” Yirah also means “fear.” For a long time I thought to “fear the Lord” meant to be afraid of Him, but as I thought about this facet of the word “yirah,” with those earthly images in my mind, the first thoughts of how it applied to God were not fearful. I felt awe and reverence. I felt awestruck by Him!
Having the type of awe and reverence for God that motivates us to do His will is the beginning of wisdom. Do you yirah the Lord today?
“The ‘yirah’ of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7