Inspiring delight, pleasure, or admiration; extremely good; marvelous.awe·some
1. Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.
2. Extremely good; excellent.
God is good, but we often forget that. The word “good” has all but lost its meaning in our modern lexicon. We don’t usually think twice about using words like “wonderful,” “awesome,” “great” and “love” to describe mundane things. These words have been absorbed into our everyday usage, and we seldom stop to think what they truly mean.
There have been moments when I’m watching a movie or eating a particularly delicious cupcake and I think to myself “This is awesome.” I have thoughts like this without blinking, an involuntary response. But sometimes, after having a thought like this, I do blink. I let it register in my mind: did I really just compare a piece of pizza to God? When we use words that are used to describe God’s character in the Bible to talk about everyday things, are we diminishing their meaning? Is reserving those words to talk about God something that we need to think about doing?
The next time you use one of these “holy adjectives,” use it as an opportunity to reflect on God’s glory instead.
“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.”
“O Lord, You are
I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
For You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”
This post was written by Emily Haymans.