God Overwhelms

          We can find ourselves taken aback, even somewhat awestruck, in the presence of celebrities. Years ago, I sang in a concert choir led by the director of Aretha Franklin’s orchestra. When her tour came to town the year she debuted “Pink Cadillac,” my connection with the conductor and her road crew scored me special tickets to her concert, including an exclusive back stage pass. Following the performance, a few of us sat on benches in the back stage hallway waiting for her entourage to ready itself to leave the theater. The star’s dressing room door suddenly opened right in front of us and Ms. Franklin poked her head out. She smiled at us and asked, “Did you like the show?” We were completely dumbfounded and just sat there, stupidly staring, in awe that the Queen of Soul was actually speaking to us. Trying not to embarrass us further, she simply asked the question again even more sweetly. That shocked us out of our awe. We gladly answered that the show was amazing (and it had been). She gave us all autographed copies of the new album.

           I’d like to think I’ve matured enough not to be tongue-tied if I’m ever in the presence of a famous person again. But that memory came to mind as I read Psalm 114:7-8. “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters” (NKJ). We talk about having a relationship with the Lord and being on a first-name basis with God, but what will we do the day we actually stand before Him? When He looks at us and says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” will we just stand there like I did in Aretha’s presence, staring in disbelief that we’re really there and He’s really talking to us? Will we charge into His arms and bury ourselves in His welcoming hug? Will we fall to our knees in reverent awe? Will we tremble in His presence, get quiet, cry, laugh, shout, faint, or hyper-ventilate?

          I have no idea what I’m going to do. I believe, though, that experiencing the reality of Heaven and God’s presence will be completely overwhelming. No wonder we’ll need new resurrection bodies—our earthly ones couldn’t handle the overpowering greatness of being that close to God.

          We get all excited with the idea of knowing that we know God the Father thanks to God the Son through the power of God the Holy Spirit. Take time today—even right now if possible—to actually think on the greatness and grandeur of God. We’re in touch with the God who can bring water from rocks, change the course of history, heal the sick, and raise the dead. “‘Do you not fear Me?’ says the LORD,” in Jeremiah5:22. “Will you not tremble at My presence, who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it” (NKJ). I know God loves us and will hold us close as a dear father does with his dear children; however, let’s not always be so cavalier about God. Occasionally, maybe even pretty regularly, it will do us good to remember who God really is and worship before Him in awe. 


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.



~ by sanewriter on October 29, 2011.

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