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Friday, November 1
The Awe-Full Creator
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
When the Scottish missionary David Livingstone first viewed (what he named) Victoria Falls in southern Africa in 1855, he was likely the first European ever to see it. He must have heard the falls long before he saw them, and marveled at the sound! Victoria Falls is the largest sheet of falling water in the world -- twice the size of Niagara Falls on the United States and Canadian border. More than 5,600 feet wide and 350 feet high, Victoria Falls is also known by its indigenous name, "the smoke that thunders."
"Smoke that thunders" could have been the name of Mount Sinai where the newly-freed Hebrew slaves first trembled before Yahweh, their God (Exodus 19:16-19). There is no end to the natural wonders that humans encounter -- not only on planet earth but in the heavens above. But if the creation is awe-inspiring, how much more "awe-full" is the Creator? When we stand speechless before a natural wonder, we must remember that it is the God who created nature before whom we should stand in awe.
The next time you find yourself stunned by the beauty and grandeur of our world, let your thoughts become words of praise to the One who made it all.
Where the sovereignty of God is denied there will be no holy awe of Him.
A. W. Pink
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