Living In Awe Of God

Begin the new year with God

I pray that after today’s time, your mind is clear and focused on truth, and that your emotions and actions are marked by abundant life as a result.


As we continue our week on humility, today we’re going to look at how we can continually walk in humility by living in awe of God. Scripture is filled with stories of those who were overwhelmed when coming into contact with God’s presence. I pray that the same will be true of us as we spend time with him today.


“Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Isaiah 6:5 ESV


I will never forget the evening I met Billy Graham.

I was part of a group chosen to invite him to lead an outreach event in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He was preaching on a college campus in California at the time so our group met with him in a locker room beneath the stadium.

Before our meeting, I put more thought than usual into what I would wear and what I would say. I thoroughly prepared for our conversation and wanted to be very intentional with everything I said and did.

Thankfully, Dr. Graham could not have been more gracious and humble with our group. And even though I came with a well-prepared plan to present to him, I found myself in awe just to be in his presence. Yet Billy ultimately was just a man, albeit an amazing man of God.

But if I experienced this level of awe for Billy Graham, how much more awe should I be experiencing for God himself?

So as we continue our weeklong focus on humility, consider what these stories from Scripture have in common:

- When “the Lᴏʀᴅ appeared to Abram” (Genesis 17:1), “Abram fell on his face” (v. 3).

- When Moses met God at the burning bush, Moses “hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God” (Exodus 3:6).

- When Jeremiah heard God’s call to serve as his prophet, he responded, “Ah, Lord Gᴏᴅ! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth” (Jeremiah 1:6).

- When Jesus demonstrated his omnipotence on the Sea of Galilee, Peter “fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord’” (Luke 5:8).

- When John met the risen Christ on the prison island of Patmos, he testified: “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead” (Revelation 1:17).

In our famous text from Isaiah 6, the prophet Isaiah “saw the Lord sitting upon a throne” (v. 1). In light of God’s holiness, he recognized and admitted his own sinfulness. Then a seraphim, which is a heavenly being, took a burning coal from the altar, touched Isaiah’s mouth, and cleansed his sin (vv. 2–7). In response to such grace, Isaiah accepted God’s call (v. 8) and became one of the greatest prophets in human history.

Thankfully, God is not asking us to use burning coals. But to experience true and transforming humility, we must see God as he is before we can see ourselves as we truly are. As long as you are judging or comparing yourself to other people, you will always be able to find someone to whom you feel superior. And if you are judging yourself by yourself, you will always be tempted to magnify your successes while excusing your failures.

But when we see God in his holiness, we cannot help but respond with reverence and humility. And the more we experience his divine transcendence, the more we see our need for personal transformation.

Let us spend time today in awe of who God is as we enter a time of guided prayer.

today’s devotional is written by Jim Denison


1. Take time to meditate on the awesomeness and majesty of God. Imagine yourself in Isaiah’s vision. See God on his throne and the seraphim around him. Hear their praise; smell the smoke; feel the shaking of the foundations of your “room.” See God as he truly is.

“There is none holy like the Lᴏʀᴅ; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God” (1 Samuel 2:2).

2. Reflect on your own sin and shortcomings in light of his majesty and holiness. Ask the Spirit to show you anything in your life that displeases him, then confess what comes to your thoughts with a heart of repentance.

“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

3. Ask God to help you see yourself and others in light of his transcendent glory. When we recognize our Lord for who he is and embrace the fact that he loves us unconditionally, we have nothing to prove to others or to ourselves.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).


Living In Awe Of God


The key to true humility is simple: the closer we draw to God, the further away we realize we are. In the light of his majesty, we see our fallenness. In the light of his holiness, we see our sinfulness.

But when we see our need and experience his grace, we are drawn to his transforming love. Then humility no longer becomes a goal for which we strive but the fruit of our focus on our Lord.

The same is true in our relationships with other people: the more we focus on Jesus, the less we are concerned with what they think of us or what we think of them. We no longer feel either inadequate or proud in comparison to others. And we aren’t pulled away from our intimate connection with the Lord.

Pride is a temptation we all must be aware of. When you sense pride rising in your heart, turn your heart toward Jesus in prayer and praise. You will be humbled by the greatness of your God and can say like John the Baptist in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

As God develops in us a heart of humility, may it elevate our Savior and transform our lives, to the glory of God.

Extended reading: Psalm 95:1–7

As God develops in us a heart of humility, may it elevate our Savior and transform our lives, to the glory of God.


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