“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8
Amazement can be defined as “a strong feeling of astonishment or wonder”.
Deanna and I entered a new phase of life about a year ago – we are sitting or “watching” our youngest grandchild who just turned one year old last month. What a joy he is! I understand what “watching” means now. Our house is not child-proofed as it was when we were raising our four, so we must constantly “watch” Lucas – stairs, doors, drawers, bags, purses, cell phones – nothing is out of bounds for a little one on the move and exploring his new found world.
Naturally, we are amazed by the newest in safety equipment. Cribs are not what they used to be forty plus years ago, high-chairs are certainly different, and car seats were not even around back then. When the kids needed to go to sleep or a diaper changed they were just plopped on the back seat and things got done. I think that would be a felony today!
I find that I now have time to “watch” Lucas grow, time I did not have or make for my own children. His daily progress from not being able to even roll over to now being a walker and into everything – whether it is nailed down or not – is a source of constant amazement. Deanna and I get to witness amazing continual growth in this little bundle of God’s handiwork.
Sometimes our excitement and interaction with amazing things tend to lessen that amazement over time, they no longer have the affect they once did – babies grow up and become teenagers and really Jesus just isn’t that amazing anymore.
But STOP! recall the admonition to the church in Revelation 2:4, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” Recall the amazement you had when you first met Jesus!
I am still amazed by God’s love, by His mercy, His grace, His plan of salvation and by His Son! I am amazed that God …demonstrated His love for us (me) in that while we (I) were yet sinners, Christ died for us (me)! Romans 5:8
I experienced God’s mercy through His plan of Salvation over 50 years ago – and I am still amazed! I am amazed that through His grace I am His and He is mine! The same God that continues to amaze me is waiting to amaze little Lucas and all the little Lucas’ in His time! Hallelujah!!
My Savior’s Love: “I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, And wonder how he could love me, a sinner condemned, unclean. How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!“ [Text and music: Charles H. Gabriel]
Prayer: Holy God, may You never become “old hat” to me. May I ever recall your words: “Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” May each day start with a renewed love and amazement for the holy God you are. Amen.
Pastor Fred Dyer
Trinity Baptist Church