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Thought for the Day by Gill Cook (BH Member)
Taken from an article about the Days of Awe before the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles
In many synagogues round the world, you will find inscribed on the walls the words:
Da Lifnei Mi Atah Omed
It means in Hebrew: Know before Whom you stand.
Perhaps one of the greatest needs in the Church around the world is to recover an awe and fear of God’s Presence such as these words suggest and to respond appropriately, not just with praise and worship, but also by pursuing holiness.
In Ezekiel Chapter 7, in his vison of the Valley of Dry Bones, the prophet, in exile with Israel in Babylon, presents a scene that, from a purely human perspective, depicts the end – a scene of devoid of hope. Into this lifeless landscape comes the very voice of God: “Son of man, can these bones live?”
Without awe, the answer to the divine question would have been, “No! Their life is over and they are without hope of revival.”
Ezekiel’s experience as a prophet had taught him that, despite the seemingly hopeless situation that exile presented, nothing is impossible with the Lord and so he answers:
“O Lord God, You know”
Being in an attitude of awe invites us into a life of possibilities beyond our comprehension.
Awe opens us to the divine dimension of ordinary life. It gives us perspective and enables us to identify what is truly valuable. Awe gives our lives meaning beyond our private worlds and awe gives our actions an eternal significance.
Awe inspires the desire for transformation and encourages perseverance in our walk with God.
The Jewish philosopher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, wrote:
“Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”
In these days when hope is being crushed, may we know before Whom we stand and speak hope and encouragement into the world around us.
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