Quiet Time with Jesus – AWE

Thursday, 15 October 2015

A stands for ‘Abide’, W stands for ‘Will’, and E stands for ‘Evangelize’.

Do we think that God is less holy today i.e. less holy than yesterday?

Uzzah was struck dead by God while transporting the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. (1 Chronicles 13) The Ark symbolizes the Holy Presence of God. If God is full of grace and compassion, slow to anger and rich in love, why did He kill Uzzah? Wasn’t Uzzah trying to do something spontaneous and natural?

Today, when we do something spontaneous, do we often say we are Spirit-led?

The Ark should not have been touched. The LORD said so – 

they must not touch the holy things or they will die
— Numbers 4:!5

Whether Uzzah had forgotten or ignored this vital warning, the fact is – he had disregarded God’s awesome holiness. If we do not understand God’s holiness, we will never understand God’s salvation. A senior pastor said, “The RISK God takes in coming near enough to love us personally is that we will ‘commonise’ Him – we will come to think He is like us.”

The truth is - God wants us to be like Him! Are we becoming too casual with the LORD Most High? While day and night, the four living creatures never stop saying

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.
— Revelation 4:8

What are we saying?

My fear is that we will have no fear of the LORD anymore when we become too casual in His Presence. Therefore, this morning, I chose to ponder over some events recorded in the Bible and thank God for His mercy.

Old Testament

God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their gross sexual immorality (Genesis 19). Lot’s wife looked back as she fled, and was turned into a pillar of salt (v.26).

God killed Nadab and Abihu for offering Him unauthorized fire in the Sinai desert (Leviticus 10:1-3).

God sent serpents to bite the disobedient Israelites, and many died (Numbers 21:4-9).

God struck King Uzziah with leprosy until the day he died when he overstepped his boundary as king. He had burnt incense in the temple of God, a duty which only consecrated priests could perform (2 Chronicles 26:16-21).

New Testament

God killed Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit in front of the church (Acts 5:1-11).

Some believers in the Corinthian church died because they desecrated the Lord’s Table (1 Corinthians 10:27-32).

Am I taking God for granted? 

My prayer: “Forgive me LORD! Teach me to revere Your Holiness as I draw nearer to You. Amen”

We declare that ‘in His Presence there is joy’, ‘in His Presence there is peace’ and so on. We declare that in His Presence, there is everything we want but what does God want from us? I think it is reverence and awe.

When God struck Uzzah dead, King David was angry with God but almost immediately, David’s anger turned into fear, when he realized that he had actually provoked the wrath of God by not obeying His prescribed way of carrying the Ark.

Oftentimes, we ask “Why did this or that happen?” The Bible says,

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
— Deuteronomy 29:29

Luke 13:3 & 5

“Unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Jesus said these words twice! Then he told the parable of the fig tree.

If we want to bear fruit for the LORD, we must ABIDE in Christ, walk in the WILL of God, and EVANGELIZE i.e. to be used by God - for His purposes and glory.

Apostle Paul tells us not to become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Instead of comparing and competing with one another, he said,

If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.
— Galatians 6:3-5

James said that boasting is evil, that anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. (James 4:17)

When the Jews asked “How did this man (Jesus) get such learning without having studied”,

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from Him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
— John 7:16-17

Jesus tells us to stop judging by mere appearances but make a right judgment. (John 7:24)

Deuteronomy reveals the beauty of God’s character. He is holy, personal, eternal, omnipotent, sovereign, purposeful, loving, and righteous. The only way to know God is to examine the Word of God passionately, prayerfully and purposefully, with the help of the Holy Spirit. And at times of need, we can confidently ask, seek and knock because Jesus has promised,

For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
— Matthew 7:8

We, disciples of Jesus Christ, are commissioned to go and make disciples, teaching them to obey everything God commands. And the Holy Spirit is with us always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Let us not add to what God commands or subtract from it.  Let us worship Him in the beauty of His Holiness and serve Him acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28)

Lam Yee Ling

Let us seek God passionately, live prayerfully, and serve purposefully. Amen!