This is the first post in a series on “The Awe of Jesus.”
Awe: an overwhelming feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear and wonder that leads to a loss of words.
Today many of us live in a great struggle. In the midst of all that we experience—prosperity and poverty, success and failure, joy and sorrow, sickness and health—there remains a profound emptiness in the heart of mankind. It is a longing that scholars and experts in human studies label in many different ways.
At the core of this human struggle is the need to know God. Not to just know about God—but to know God personally.
Mankind has referred to it as a search of meaning, a need for a transcendent purpose, or a knowledge of destiny. God calls it a place for His coming. It is eternity that He has set in the heart of man, that continual longing or desire to find the answer to the question of life’s purpose (Ecclesiastes 3:11). No abundance of anything, any other person, or any accomplishment can fill this inexpressible longing except God alone.
I hope the thoughts I share over the next few weeks allow both my brothers and sisters in Christ and those who are far from God reading this to see God and come home to Him no matter where you’ve been, what you’ve become or what you’ve done. God desires you to “come” that He might satisfy this sense of eternity—the longing that gives completeness to life that lasts for eternity.
This longing for the transcendent purpose that your heart seeks is the answer to all your who, what, where, when, and why of life’s deepest questions.
If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that …
- Everyone is empty
- Everyone is lonely
- Everyone is guilty
- Everyone is afraid to di
And everyone is looking for a way to resolve these four issues. The answer to resolving these four struggles we all face is found in our connection to God. In fact, our disconnection with God is what keeps us disconnected with our true selves.
As surely as birds were made to fly and fish were made to swim, you and I were made for God. In some mysterious way, even our deepest desire, when followed to its source, is no more than a hunger to know God.
It is my desire that all you have hoped for and all you seek and desperately yearn for will be found as you think about these words. They will point you to the only place you will have all those questions answered, and to the One who longs to give you what you so desperately desire and seek.