Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Exodus 15:11 KJV
With bible study completed by a closing prayer, various members began logging out of the Zoom meeting. Rousing choruses of “Good night!” “Love y’all!” and “Have a good week!” ensued.
The teacher always stayed online until everyone was gone; just in case someone had lingering questions or even wanted to chat privately. While she waited, she noticed a contemplative look on the faces of one of the students, a high school girl who was new to the area.
“Terri, you’re certainly looking thoughtful!” she said. “What’s on your mind?”
“You know, Sis. Martin, I’ve been thinking about one of the scriptures used in last week’s lesson when you talked about the power of God. The scripture asking who is like the Lord, and talks about how glorious He is?”
“Yes, I know which one you mean—Exodus 15:11, ‘Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?’”
“Yes, that one!” Terri exclaimed excitedly. “I’ve been thinking about it and thinking about it ever since I heard it. People are always talking about how ‘awesome’ something or someone is; or how ‘amazing’ they are. But when I think about that scripture, it makes me realize, no one is truly awesome or amazing—no one but God. From now on, I’m not going call anyone one or anything ‘awesome’ or ‘amazing’ unless I’m talking about GOD!”
Hearing that story made me reflect on how many times I tend to use the words “awesome” or “amazing” to describe something or someone. When I reflect on the goodness of God; how He’s made ways for me so many times, answered my prayers (and sometimes didn’t answer my prayers, which resulted in me dodging heartaches or mistakes); when I think about His provision; how He’s given me the Holy Spirit as a Comforter and Guide; how He’s given me revelation knowledge of His word, and been a present help in trouble—who wouldn’t recognize just how awesome and amazing He is??
I challenge you this month to reflect on God’s goodness. As you reflect, think of all the things the Lord has done on your behalf (saving you from sin is a great place to start!). Join me in paying attention to your vocabulary and striving to reserve the words “awesome” and “amazing” for God alone. That should be easy because no one else is worthy.
You are amazing, God!