Reflections on God, thoughts for 7/25/2014

The Matter of Awe

It is interesting to me that those who claim there is no God never sneer at a beautiful demonstration of the creation. I can’t help but believe that in that moment when one communes with such beauty there is a stirring within just for a moment that reveals what some call the ineffable. In that moment God’s identity is so obvious that the grandeur witnessed evokes awe, and words become superfluous. To bow in humility and worship this unseen God, acknowledges the power that is His, and I think this is at least one of the problems that prevents the expression of belief. It is unfortunate that glory in the surety of one’s own knowledge can create such damage between God and man and shows the danger of a proud heart.

It is possible then that dignity is an instrument that demands acknowledgement of truth, and as such it helps us perceive divinity. If we take a look at human nature it is possible that such an innocuous explanation for the failure to see God in nature could be tossed off as “oh, but the sunrise though beautiful, is ‘just’ a daily routine of nature. No big deal.’ But that is the problem. The moment something becomes commonplace in our life we tend to get God out of it. We witness miracles of nature on a daily basis. As we think about it, let’s try to maintain our awe. It is one of the ways in which we praise Him, and as we have observed, it can be a tool for Satan.

“GOD IS OF NO IMPORTANCE UNLESS HE IS OF SUPREME IMPORTANCE'”

This piece was inspired by the writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel

and the quotation is his

 

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