The AMI QT Blogs from June 5-11 are provided by Tina Hsu. Tina, a graduate of Talbot School of Theology (M.Div.) has just returned from E. Asia, where she served as a missionary for two years. Currently, she serves at Church of Southland and Kairos International University.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
Awe for God
Revelation 4:1-4, 8-11
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” 9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
A pastor friend once shared with me that his new year’s resolution was to limit himself from using the phrase “That’s awesome!” He realized the essence of something awesome is that it brings incredible awe—and this should be reserved for God. Instead of saying “That’s awesome” at regular news, such as finding parking at Disneyland on the weekend within the first minute of arriving, buying electronics devices at big sales, or just any news that he hears from people throughout the day, he resolved to only use the word “awesome” to when he ponders about and describes God—because only God’s presence and majesty is full of awe. Everything else is just good, cool, or nice, but only God is worthy of being deemed awesome, and nothing and no one is as AWE-some as God.
The apostle John is writing here the revelation he received when he was in the Spirit.
John’s experience of Jesus is extraordinarily special compared to the rest of the 12 disciples. Along with the rest of the disciples He witnessed Jesus preaching with authority, healing the sick, and casting out demons, as Jesus lived a fully human life dependent on the Father. He is the only one among the 12 who stood by Jesus as he witnessed Jesus with the nails and thorns on his body and shedding of blood. Then, John, along with Peter and Jesus’ women disciples, witnessed the empty tomb after Jesus resurrected. Not only did he witness Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, he also received this vision in Revelation 4 of Jesus in His glorified state on the throne, surrounded by worship. As John saw the majesty of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, dwelling in a place of glory, he was full of awe for God. In the same way, the 24 elders in the vision are ascribing honor to Jesus, and all their attention is given towards the awesome presence of God. John’s vision recorded in the Bible gives us great hope of our future eternity. We will join in with the elders and be in awe of Jesus Christ, and our lips will declare that He is worthy. Today, let’s resolve to live our lives in light of our glorious future by declaring to Jesus how awesome He is!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, as the psalmist says, “in your presence is fullness of joy” (Ps. 16:11). You are worthy of my praise and may my praise declare how awesome and great You are. May my worship be solely reserved for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Romans 5-6