Awe and wonder

ATD 51The Word

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:1-5

 The Thought

This is one of Scripture’s most familiar passages. It is sometimes overlooked because of its familiarity, but these words are filled with precious and priceless spiritual gems for the heart and soul of those who thrive for life in truth. That is why we benefit when we slow down, quiet ourselves before the heavenly Father, and, to borrow an antiquated but wonderful term, “bask” in the beauty and life of His Scriptures.

Closer examination of this passage reveals depths of mystery beyond human comprehension. For how can one attempt to imagine the starting point for biological life and yet be told before life appeared there was already someone awaiting its arrival? How does one really process that thought? There is no comfort using human rationale here.

Welcome humanity! Welcome to the edge and mystery of the other-world of God. We can peer in, but we will never exhaust its boundless landscape. For those whose lives are found in this singular deity, this passage provides a serene place of security and trust, not suspicion and confusion. Only to the wondering and doubting heart is this actuality problematic.

Also present within this beautiful sea of absolutes awaiting discovery by any genuine seeker of peace for the soul is the solution for humanity’s plight, the Word, Jesus Christ the light for the world. This giver of life and light is the surety for our souls. The wise embrace Him in worship and service.


Lord I sit in wonder this morning as I dwell on Your inexhaustible power, wisdom, and ways. What more can my finite mind do than marvel in reverence at Your greatness and humbly bow before You in gratitude for the enormousness and generosity of Your perfect love. It is You I worship and adore, Mighty God. Amen.


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