Devotional

“You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” – Nehemiah 9:6. 

We might as well admit it. We live in an age where we are hard to impress. We are conditioned to expect something bigger than last year and something even bigger next year. We expect to be wowed. We want Walt Disney size activities and excitement. We want to travel to other planets. There isn’t much that gives us pause to wonder these days.   

But shouldn’t Christians be the most wonder-filled people in the world? Wonder used as a verb is to notice, to marvel, and to be amazed. For some, the opposite may be our tendency. We are in a time crunch; we feel pressured to accomplish all that is on our plate, resulting in frustration, exhaustion, even depression. The problem may be that we have forgotten how to wonder. A child can look in sheer wonder at a lightning bug like he or she uncovered buried treasure. But as adults, we lose the wonder; like the wonder of salvation. Have we lost the wonder that God sent his Son to die as a sacrifice for our sins? Mark 9:15 (NIV) says, ”As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.” How often are we “overwhelmed with wonder” because of Jesus?   

Recapture the wonder of Jesus. Go back into that first love, that all-inspiring wonder that Jesus came to earth for you, died for you, rose again for you, and lives to make intercession for you. Holding on to the wonder of it all will keep you humble. Living in the wonder means that you acknowledge the power of God in you and you give Him credit for all that you do and all that you have. You will be loving and giving and forgiving when you live in the wonder of the Lord. It will keep you positive because you’ll be focused on all the good things in your life instead of the negatives. It will reduce your stress. Living in the wonder will focus you on eternity. 

Rediscover the wonder of your salvation, of the unique way God has created you and the gifts and purpose He has given you. 

Psalm 105:1-5 says, “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,”

Discussion Questions:

  1. Does your relationship with Jesus include the wonder of it all? If not, why not?
  2. What is one thing you can do this week to fix your eyes on Jesus? How might doing so begin to change your frame of reference?