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Our God is an awesome God!

Posted on Mon, May 13, 2019

Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever.” (Revelation 7:12)  

iStock-927461270Mother's Day is a day we set aside every year to honor and thank our mothers for all that they have done and continue to do for us.  This is certainly appropriate because of all our mothers have done to care for and raise us.  As Christians, we likely have another reason to thank our mothers. For many of us it was probably on our mother’s knee that we learned about our Savior. From our mother we likely also learned how to pray. 

Our Bible verse for this week reminds us that as much as we give thanks and honor to our mothers for all that they have done. We owe our God “Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor” for the blessing of our mothers and so much more.  This does not in any way take away anything from what our mothers do, but John reminds us that the blessings of our God are “for ever and ever."  

There are times in our lives here on earth when we simply step back in amazement and marvel at how God works in our lives and the lives of those around us and those we love.  As much as we are amazed here on earth by who God is and what he does, it will be even more amazing and our praise will be greatly magnified when we are part of the scene which leads to our verse for this week.

Revelation 7 is one of three times in the last book of the Bible (also Revelation 14 & 21) when we are given a glimpse of the believers in heaven joining together with the angels in praising God.  As much as there are certainly times here on earth when we just want to shout out our praise to God at the top of our lungs, things will be so much greater in heaven.  Try to imagine not just bursts of praise here and there, but an unending chorus of praise and thanks to God which never ends.  Our human minds cannot wrap themselves around such a scene. If you can even try to image it, you start to get a small foretaste of what heaven will be like.

Sadly here on earth our sinful minds far too often get distracted or disillusioned and we fail to see how awesome our God is and therefore we fail to give him the thanks and praise (and glory and wisdom and honor) which he is rightly owed.

We all know how often we fail to thank and/or honor people here on earth for their role or contribution in our lives.  That also help us understand how we fail to give God the proper thanks and honor.  What anticipation to look forward to heaven and not only being in the presence of God forever, but also being able to give him unending thanks and praise!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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