Session 6

God is awesome

From What is God Like? A 21-Day Devotional

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Genesis 1

Have you ever passed a police officer parked on the side of the road and felt the need to check your speed limit and sort of make sure you aren’t doing anything obviously wrong? Even the most law abiding citizen probably feels that way. That is what we could refer to as a healthy fear and reverence for law enforcement. Sometimes just seeing a police car can trigger that response. That speaks to the level of respect we have for the role of a police officer and what he or she represents. It is similar, on a smaller scale, to the heart and attitude we should have towards God.

We read things in the Bible about being awe struck and fearing Him. That doesn’t happen because of what He has done for us, but instead simply because of who He is. God is Elohim.

Elohim is the first name the Bible uses for God and literally translates "God." Some scholars believe Elohim derived from 'êl which, in turn, originates from the root word, 'wl (which means "strong"). Others think that Elohim is derived from another two roots: 'lh (which means "god") in conjunction with 'elôah (which means "fear").

What does Elohim tell us about God? He is transcendent, mighty, and strong. He is not human. As much as we like to make sense of God by thinking about Him in human terms, even His most common name reminds us that He’s not like us. Before earth existed, God did. He made us as well as everything we see and know about the world. Recognizing our place as His created should stir in us a healthy fear, an awestruck respect.

Reflect:

  • Have you ever been in awe of who God is? When?
  • Does the way you talk to and about God communicate that you respect Him? Why or why not?
  • What is one way knowing God as Elohim will affect the way you approach Him?

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Session 1

God is Jehovah

Have you ever been assigned a task you felt was too big to accomplish? Your initial thought is, “Who am I to carry this out?” Whether it’...

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Session 2

God is merciful

“Today is a good day for a good day” has become a popular phrase recently. It might seem cliche. But cliches are cliche because they are ...

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Session 3

God is just

We have no shortages of being hurt, failed, and scorned in life. The question to ponder is who do we trust to rescue us in our time of ne...

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Session 4

God is infinite

Imagine yourself on a sandy white beach, ankle-deep in crystal blue ocean water with a teaspoon in your hand. Now fill the teaspoon with ...

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Session 5

God is love

Our culture is obsessed with love. Romance novels and movies teach us that love should make us feel good and we should do whatever it tak...

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Session 6

God is awesome

Have you ever passed a police officer parked on the side of the road and felt the need to check your speed limit and sort of make sure yo...

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Session 7

God is our Lord

Today, many parents name children based on what’s popular or what sounds good, without much meaning beyond a nod to a family member or fr...

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Session 8

God is our Father

Have you ever had a relationship with someone that made you feel special? People with “connections” get special treatment. They might get...

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Session 9

God is God almighty

As a child, there is no hesitation in asking our parents to provide for our needs and wants. God wants us to come to him in the same way....

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Session 10

God is our banner

Sometimes God’s promises to us involve a fight. We have to fight to keep our focus on Him, fight to move towards the promise we know God ...

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Session 11

God is our healer

The Bible describes God as Jehovah-Rophe (or Jehovah-Rapha) more than 60 times. Jehovah means “God” and Rophe or Rapha means “to restore,...

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Session 12

God is peace

In Judges 6:11-24 Gideon’s hiding away, head down, working hard. Many of us could say the same about our day to day. How often do we toil...

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Session 13

God is our provider

Have you ever sat at the dining table and wondered which bill could be late so your lights would not be turned off? What about sitting in...

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Session 14

God is holy

In fact, God wants you to be different — and not just in personality and personal likes and dislikes. But to understand how each of us ar...

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Session 15

God is wrathful (and that’s a good thing)

We don’t like to think about God’s wrath. “Wrath” makes us think of uncontrolled tempers and impending punishments. It’s difficult to ass...

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Session 16

God is full of grace

Grace can be a tough concept to grasp. God is often described as gracious, but what does that mean for us? We sing about it, we read abou...

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Session 17

God is our comforter

The doctor walks in with a pained face and a positive cancer diagnosis. A policeman knocks on the door to deliver news no parent ever wan...

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Session 18

God is sovereign

Whether we win the lottery or spend our last $5 on the burger in front of us, we choose to trust in a sovereign God. We trust because God...

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Session 19

God is omniscient

Remember trying to get away with something as a kid? Grandma was always quick to say, “I may not know, but God knows.”  At some point, y...

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Session 20

God is self-sufficient

Remember the first time you realized you were pedaling your bicycle on your own? Realizing your mom or dad let go and you don’t need them...

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Session 21

God is good

Psalm 119 declares that God is good and what He does is good (Psalm 119:67). However, we all go through things that make us question God’...

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