The nature, majesty, and power of our God are beyond the human realm. It is something that is difficult to grasp through our limited mind. However, if you want to get a glimpse of how awesome our God is, then you better read this post.
In this secular and most often, GODLESS WORLD, it is so easy to lose sight of God’s divine and indescribable majesty. There’s no doubt: many people, including Christians, don’t recognize anymore how awesome our God is. Many reduced our heavenly Father into mere created objects while others think of God as a hard-to-understand idea in their heads.
How about you? Do you know how awesome our God is? Do you have the respect, reverence, and godly fear to our heavenly Father?
In this post, let us look at how awesome our God, the Yahweh, the supreme and most powerful Being in the entire universe really is.
How awesome is our God?
We have in the Bible a record of people who have seen God’s glory in visions or in a personal encounter. These people, including prophets and Apostles, responded with incredible humility. So, let us take a look at how they reacted.
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.
Therefore I abhor myself,
And repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:6).”
Job has a blind spot.
He thought that he doesn’t deserve the trials that he is going through. Because of his self-righteousness, he thought that God was being unfair when He let all the calamities fall upon him.
However, the great I AM, the Eternal, the Yahweh, showed Him a glimpse of His power and might. Job was left with nothing but awe and utter humility.
Thus, he said, “I ABHOR MYSELF, and repent in dust and ashes.”
God first talked to Moses through the burning bush. Moses, realizing that he was dealing with a supernatural Being, “hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God (Exodus 3:6).
Later, Moses asked God to see His glory. God responded, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live” (Exodus 33:20).
God’s full glory and majesty are so powerful and divine that no flesh and blood can see it without perishing.
The Nation of Israel
As God was starting to reveal Himself to the nation of Israel, he asked Moses to bring these people out of the camp to meet Him (Genesis 19:16).
What the people saw is nothing less of a spectacular display of God’s awesome power. We read that in the morning, “there were thunderings and lightings and a thick cloud” surrounded Mt. Sinai. The “sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp TREMBLED.”
As the people stood at the food of the mountain, they saw it was completely covered in smoke because Yahweh “descended upon it in fire.”
“The smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN QUAKED GREATLY.”
God warned Moses to tell the people never “break through to gaze at [Him],” lest many of them will perish.
All these are written in Exodus 19. As you can see, God’s awesome power is enough to make people afraid, produce strong fire, and shake big mountains.
Joshua is another servant of God who had the privilege to talk to the Supreme Being. His response is understandably filled with humility and meekness. We read of this encounter (Joshua 5:13-15):
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
And Joshua FELL ON HIS FACE to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.
God can make any place holy and Joshua recognized it. He immediately took off his sandal, fell on his face, and worshiped God.
Now, let’s take a look at what Isaiah saw in His vision (Isaiah 6).
King Uzziah just died and Isaiah saw a vision. He saw the “Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up.” His majestic robe freely flows and filled the temple.
On top of God’s throne, extraordinary creatures can be seen. The Bible calls them a Seraphim. They have six wings, with each pair covering the face and feet, while the last pair is used for flying.
One of the Seraphim cried out with a loud voice saying:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
The voice was so powerful that the house was filled with smoke and the doorposts were shaken.
Notice the reaction of Isaiah:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”
What a magnificent display of God’s majesty that Isaiah was afraid for his life.
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God of Wonders runs for about one and a half hour. While it may seem to be too long, I can assure you it will be worth your time. It talks about the different aspects of God’s majesty, power, and glory.
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Another prophet of old saw a vision of God. His name is Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1).
Ezekiel saw the heavens opened. He saw a great whirlwind coming out of the north. Along with the whirlwind is a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself. The fire radiates a bright color of amber.
From the fire, there were four living creatures. What Ezekiel is just too difficult to describe. So, let me quote Ezekiel Himself. The narrative is quite long but let me tell you, it is worth reading. I want you to imagine in your mind the creatures and other things described from this passage as you read through Ezekiel 1:
5 Also from within it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man. 6 Each one had four faces, and each one had four wings. 7 Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the soles of calves’ feet. They sparkled like the color of burnished bronze. 8 The hands of a man were under their wings on their four sides; and each of the four had faces and wings. 9 Their wings touched one another. The creatures did not turn when they went, but each one went straight forward.
10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle. 11 Thus were their faces. Their wings stretched upward; two wings of each one touched one another, and two covered their bodies. 12 And each one went straight forward; they went wherever the spirit wanted to go, and they did not turn when they went.
13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the living creatures. The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. 14 And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.
15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold, a wheel was on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their workings was like the color of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17 When they moved, they went toward any one of four directions; they did not turn aside when they went. 18 As for their rims, they were so high they were awesome; and their rims were full of eyes, all around the four of them. 19 When the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, because there the spirit went; and the wheels were lifted together with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When those went, these went; when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up together with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
22 The likeness of the firmament above the heads of the living creatures was like the color of an awesome crystal, stretched out over their heads. 23 And under the firmament their wings spread out straight, one toward another. Each one had two which covered one side, and each one had two which covered the other side of the body. 24 When they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army; and when they stood still, they let down their wings. 25 A voice came from above the firmament that was over their heads; whenever they stood, they let down their wings.
26 And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. 27 Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
As you can see in this passage, Yah is just beyond our wildest imagination. His power and glory are just OUT OF THIS WORLD. No one can even begin to wrap his mind around this vision and how it might have left an unforgettable impression on Ezekiel.
Peter, James, and John
Among the disciples of Yahshua, or more popularly known as Jesus Christ, Peter, James, and John were given the astonishing opportunity to witness a vision of the transfigured Christ along with Elijah and Moses.
Matthew recorded this incident. We read:
[Christ’s] face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2).
After seeing the magnificent vision, the disciples “fell on their faces and were GREATLY afraid” (verse 6).
Let’s read John’s vision of the Throne Room of God (Revelation 4).
2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
After reading this post, you just get a tiny glimpse of how awesome our God really is. As hard as the prophets and Apostles of Christ tried to express what they saw, words can’t completely convey the majesty of our Heavenly Father.
However, I hope this gives us an idea that we are truly serving a POWERFUL, LIVING, and AWESOME GOD.
Oh, how marvelous it is that the most Supreme Being in the vast universe seeks to establish a loving and close relationship with us, finite, mortal, and fragile human beings.
Even if God is just filled with so much unimaginable majesty, power, and glory, we can still come to His Holy Throne and talk to Him. Even if we are mortals, we can still go to God and call Him our Father.
Shouldn’t we be filled with awe, respect, and reverence to the God whom we worship?
Let me then end with these verses from Psalms 95:
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
5 The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.