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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Nov
30

Living Wonderstruck

Jon Burgess

Scripture

“They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:19-20

Observation

I've often quoted these verses to show how God shows Himself to all the world no matter where they live. Every person is without excuse because God reveals His divine design through what we see around us. The question is, are we taking time to see it? The Creator is revealed in His Creation and you can see this pattern all throughout scripture. When God wants to help Job see who's in control even when life is out of control he takes him on a tour of nature and all its detailed cycles. When God wants to assure Noah and every future generation that He will never flood the world again in judgment He doesn't just say it, He shows it, through a rainbow. When God wants to illustrate to Abraham how He will be the Father of many nations he invites him to come outside and to start counting the stars. Later on in Genesis he invites Abe to count the sand on the seashore as well. What this reveals to me is that creation reveals the Creator not just to the unbeliever, but the believer as well. We just need to take the time to look.

Application

Do you remember what it feels like to walk into your family room on Christmas morning to seethe Christmas tree lit up and filled with presents? As a kid it takes your breath away. That's what it feels like to be wonderstruck. I remember holding my first son Elijah in my hands just after he was born and trembling at the miracle of new life. That's what it feels like to be wonderstruck. There isn't a date night that goes by when I don't stop at some point and look at how beautiful Cyndi is and wonder how I could be so blessed. That's what it means to live wonderstruck. God revealed Himself in creation to get our attention before we were saved. God wants to continue to reveal Himself through creation to show us His love. Why is a beautiful piece of art placed above the mantle of your home? So you can look at it once. No, that art becomes a permanent reminder to stop and look and soak in the mastery, the brush strokes, to let it transport you to the place the artist sat while painting it. Through people and places God wants us to stand in awe and to live wonderstruck at His love for us.

Prayer

You used rainbows, stars, and sand to reveal who You were to the Old Testament fathers. I'm surrounded by those reminders here in Hawaii and yet when was the last time I was wonderstruck by them? With this Masters Course and the Holidays I have never been busier. Therefore, it's never been more important for me to stop and stand in awe of the people and places You've surrounded me with. If I can't see Your face I'm without excuse. You are showing Yourself all around me. The question is, will I take the time to see you?


Devotions for November 30

Romans 1,2,3,4

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