No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13).
DAILY DEVOTION, February 17, 2022
Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men (Psalm 66:5).
We use the word “awesome” in many ways. “That pizza was awesome.” “You look awesome in that dress.” The Chiefs played an awesome game on Sunday.” In our verse, God is described as “awesome.” Katie Proctor, wife of Ozark Bible College President Matt Proctor, wants to reserve the word “awesome” to apply to God. When the same word is used to describe pizza and God, it cheapens our idea of God. God is not on the same level with pizza!
The Psalmist wants us to view the works of God, especially how He deals with us. God’s works can be seen all around us in nature and in the grandeur of the universe. He is awesome above and beyond anything else. And how does He respond to sinful humanity? He answers our sins with His saving grace. That is awesome. Jesus is awesome. The cross is awesome. The resurrection is awesome. In comparison to God, pizza is just ok. I agree with Katie. Let’s reserve that word “awesome” to apply to God alone. Maybe we can make up a word by adding the German word “uber” to awesome when we speak of God. God is uber-awesome.
Father, Creator, God of grace, You are truly awesome. Nothing compares with You. Your power and greatness exceed anything we humans can produce. We see Your awesomeness, particularly in the manner by which You saved us through the sacrifice of Your Son. Thank You, Thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.